The University of Tasmania recently joined organisations across Australia to celebrate National Eucalypt Day.
The foyer of the Life Sciences Building was teeming with interested visitors who enjoyed a vibrant display of all-things-Eucalyptus, from scientific posters, historical documents, wood products and weird gum nuts to medicinal products (including a rare eucalypt liqueur from Rome) and samples of eucalypt-smoked cheese from South Australia.
The Morris Miller Library also put on a magnificent display of botanical illustrations of eucalypts from the University of Tasmania’s Rare Books Collection, alongside historical herbarium specimens from the Tasmania Herbarium showing the genetic diversity found in Tasmania’s floral emblem, the Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus).
In the North at the University’s Inveresk campus, a display of local Eucalyptus species, seedlings and timber products adorned the foyer of the School of Architecture and Design. One particularly interesting drawcard was a ‘species hotel’ made and designed by first year architecture students in a cross-disciplinary project involving Greening Australia and the University.
Further afield as part of the day, the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens gave a guided tour of the many special Tasmanian Eucalyptus species that are growing in the gardens while the Hobart branch of the State Library of Tasmania gave visitors a rare glimpse of Sertum Anglicum the 1788 publication in which the genus Eucalyptus was first described.
The celebration of this day was initiated by ‘Eucalypt Australia’, a Charitable Trust dedicated to promoting Australia’s eucalypts.
Published on: 30 Mar 2017 3:10pm