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April 13th, 2008 by

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Blue gums, Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1884-1917. This reproduction from a glass plate negative shows these amazingly large eucalypt trees. The caption calls the trees blue gums but we are wondering if they are river red gums otherwise known as Eucalyptus camaldulensis which are native to inland water ways. These trees play an important part of stabilising the edges of river banks by holding the soil back which can reduce flooding. They are called red gums due to their bright red wood.

This image may have been taken in the Riverina region of New South Wales which is well known for its river red gum trees. The CSIRO has great information on the river red gum. This image is a highlight from our set of images on the Commons project on Flickr.

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