Scott Bennett | 2022 | Acrylic on linen | 48″ x 36″ | Private collection

The genus name was introduced by the French botanist Charles Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800). The specimen of Eucalyptus obliqua which he first described in Kew Gardens had been procured in 1777 by the botanical collector David Nelson at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, on James Cook’s third voyage to the Pacific. – Merriam Webster

Genus name Eucalyptus, “well covered”, from Greek eu “well” + kalyptós “covered,” (from PIE root kel, “to cover, conceal, protect, save”) ; so named for the operculum that covers the developing buds.

Eucalyptus leaf aromatic oils have astounding widespread biological activities, including antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant, chemotherapeutic, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorder treatment, wound healing, and insecticidal/insect repellent, herbicidal, acaricidal and nematicidal. – NIH National Library of Medicine: NCBI

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