On 1 Nov, Barry Garcia wrote (quoting a previous post of mine): > [log in to unmask] writes: > > > > > >I don't know which kind of eucalyptus tree we have here... > It's probably Eucalyptus camaldulensis, the Red River Gum, or it might > even by Eucalyptus occidentalis (although the former was used to help dry > up swampy areas, and the latter is grown in plantations according to one > source) > <snip URLs to pictures of 3 types of eucalyptus tree> Thanks for the URLs. Unfortunately the pictures weren't detailed enough for me to match up with our local kind. A short surf, though, through Google-infested waters ( ;-) ) produced enough info for me to conclude that, although today people here are trying to grow more than 40 different types of eucalypts for various (exportable) purposes, the original tree--- the one I was referring to --- is probably your first guess: Eucalyptus camaldulensis. As for oder: when wet, walking down a street lined with them is like taking a tour through a bottle of Vicks Vapo-Rub (for those who haven't had the pleasure: it's a _very_ potent greasy gell, rubbed on the chest and around the nose [ usually before bed-time] to open up even the worst case of blocked nasal passages and congested bronchial tubes.) The main contributory factor to its extremely sharp smell is an oil derived from eucalyptus leaves. After a serious rain (however it's idiomatically described ;-) ) the smell is something that you just can't miss! :-) Dan Sulani ---------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.