We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which these plants grow - the Darug and Gundungurra people - and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Blue Mountains Ash (Eucalyptus oreades)
There's over 180 species of the Myrtaceae family in the Blue Mountains.
The most prolific genus is the eucalypt or gum tree which has around 100 species. The number of eucalypts commonly includes the Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus genera. Ian Brown's Eucalypts of the Greater Blue Mountains provides an excellent overview.
Next is the Leptospermum genus (tea-trees) with over 20 species.
Characterised by its paperbark bark, it's a small tree that flowers in late spring/early summer.
The flowers are 10-15mm across.
image that shows its pubescent (soft covering of soft weak hairs) new growth - both branches and leaves.
This shrub is identified by its prickly leaves - its
new growth is not prickly and has long appressed hairs.
The leaves and flowers are held very tightly to the branches - as this
The 10mm flowers appear in late spring.
Being prickly it can be confused with L. juniperinum, however there are several marked distinctions -
◊ it has rough bark;
◊leaves are occasionally twisted;
◊ each flower is at the end of a branchlet, and has a rosette of leaves.
The thread coming from the tip of each of the five sepals is known as an awn. The petals are about 5mm in length.
This is the only Calytrix species found in the greater Blue Mountains and its form can vary.
The 15mm wide bright yellow flowers and dark green lance shaped leaves helps identify the Water Gum.
The underneath of the leaves is much lighter. The Water Gum grows along side streams.
Here's another image.