Monday, August 8, 2011


We spent the next day driving through some beautiful, pristine eucalypt forests in central Victoria. Eucalyptus is definitely the defining Australian tree genus; there are more than 700 species found on the continent, and many forests, like the ones we drove through, are dominated by eucalypts. We also visited the tallest one in the world (well, maybe - it apparently has competition from a tree in New Zealand). There are some tree ferns around as well... in fact in some places they create a secondary canopy lower to the ground, below the eucalypts and taller trees.

Tree ferns in the understory:

Eucalyptus flowers and fruits:

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