Eucaliptus Spp.

Last week I had to go back to my encylopedia at my library to answer a question that was asked to me at a meeting. It was about eucaliptus. I wanted to share this in this blog thinking that I would just take a look at this blog in the future and also thinking somebody could benefit from this piece of information. They were pragmatic thoughts leading to small steps for humans yet giant steps for the mankind. I hope you benefit from this valuabe information as well…One day….

In that meeting we were talking about a pool of  water accumulating in front of a building and how to rehabilitate this area using plants. I instantly thought of Eucaliptus spp. Of course there were multiple other speices that could grow here in this wet environment if we weren’t thinking of getting rid of water pool. For instance in the over humid soil we can grow Anchusa myosotiflora, Carex japonica, Aruncus sylvestris, Hemerocallis aurantiaca,Hosta coerulea, İris orientalis, Lythrum salicaira uygun olabilirdi. If the soil gets really muddy Acorus calamus, Alisma plantago aquatica, Butomus umbellatus, Calla pallustris, İris pseudocorus, Tyhpa angustifolia are better . We can also go one step further and even grow plants that are completely under water. Nymphea spp.(water lilly) or Nuphar advena.

However in our specific situation we were aiming in reducing the amount of water. We can use Populusxeuroamericana as well but to the best of my knowledge  Eucaliptus spp.has much wider usage.

Let’s talk about Eucaliptus spp. People call this”tree of malaria”. Not long ago these were used in order to get rid of the muddy waters where mosquitos were dominating and spreading malaria disease. Totally green all 4 seasons. Has more than 600 subtypes. Some of these could be as high as 100 m and could be amongst the tallest trees of the world. They have been raised in Turkey since 1885. Egean and Mediterenian Regions are perfect climates for this. They live happily after under sun. Their roots are resistant to being without Oxygen. But remember you have to be careful for extreme colds and frosting. One other type Eucaliptus canaldulensis could be as high as 25-30m. A very nice shadow making tree. In the meantime this tree is a well known remedy for respiratory diseases in complementary medicine.

Where

Eucalyptus camaldulensis, most prominent in Australia. Between ı 12.5-38°S. This means tropical and subtropical conditions. In the meantime they can be found by rivers and easy to find water condition. Although this is frequent it is also found in dry river beds that contributes these trees to find their ways to less dry areas. (Boland ve ark., 1989).

Ceren Dayıcıoğlu, Pil Tasarım

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