June – Eucalyptus leaf, [Stringybark – Eucalyptus tetradonta], 34x56cm, oil on linen

Eucalyptus tetrodonta
Common name: Stringybark. Tall tree 10 – 30 metres high, with fibrous, stringy bark. Grows in sandstone and lowland country. Planted in parklands, coastal plantings and rural properties. Timber used for posts and poles. A ‘calender’ tree for Aboriginal people. Bark used to make canoes, shelters, utensils and for bark paintings. Wood used for tools, including spears, digging and fighting sticks, bull-roarers and dance sticks. Hollow branches and trunks used to make didgeridoos, coffins, drums and drone pipes. Preparation from leaves, sapwood and inner bark used for a variety of medicinal purposes. Occurs widely across northern Australia.

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