Different Eucalyptus species traditionally had different uses throughout the various regions of Australia. Throughout the Murray-Darling basin canoes were made from the River Red Gums, but in other regions stringybarks were used. Eucalypts were also used to make boomerangs, shields, didgeridoos, coolamons and shelters. Numerous medicines were obtained from different parts of the tree and the oils from Eucalypts are still widely used for respiratory ailments.
Eucalypts dominate the Australian landscape, but how much do we really know about them. There is fossil evidence of Eucalypts dating back 45 million years and pollen deposits from over 34 million years ago. It’s important that we understand the significance that Eucalypts have in our history and culture and the Youth Community Greening program is enjoying inspiring an appreciation of this iconic group of species.
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Did you know? The oldest known examples of eucalypt fossils are 52 million-year-old flowers, fruits and leaves found in Patagonia.