Eucalyptus fastigata & Eucalyptus sieberi in Galicia: Siblings of Tasmanian Oak
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To the left, E. fastigata, the Brown Barrel, with natural habitat ranging from the highlands of Gippsland (Victoria) through the Great Dividing Range to New England (New South Wales) in Australia. To the right, E. sieberi, the Silvertop Ash or Black Ash, with natural habitat in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.
Both species belong to series Obliquae, being close relatives of other relatively cold hardy Monocalyptus as E. pauciflora and its remarkable frost tolerant subspecies niphophila and debeuzevillei, E. delegatensis and its subspecies, E. regnans, E. gregsoniana, E. fraxinoides, E. lacrimans and, of course, E. obliqua.
The Brown Barrel received its botanical name after its columnar and stylised growth habit ("fastigatum") and the Black Ash honours Franz Wilhelm Sieber (1789-1844), a Czech-German botanist that, among other travels around the world and plant collections, visited New South Wales by 1823 and collected and later named E. pauciflora. So responsible of a funny eucalyptic fact.
On the other hand and thinking now in timber terms, the Tasmanian Oaks or Robles de Tasmania, not all of them really Tasmanian, but that could be grouped within that commercial name for lumber considerations. These are known all over the world for their excellent wood properties and noble uses as splendid furniture or beautiful flooring.
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