Eucalyptus is not only tasty for koalas, it is also very popular with people as a cough drop or tea. It cuts a fine figure as an accessory in the flower vase. Find out more about the koalas’ versatile favorite food here.
Botanical name: Eucalyptus globulus
Plant family: Myrtle family (bot. Myrtaceae)
Occurrence: Australia and Oceania
Eucalyptus is automatically associated with the cute koalas of Australia or a cold. The eucalyptus is the most famous medicinal plant in Australia. When the Europeans discovered Australia (around 1770), the world got to know the eucalyptus tree. Today the genus of the eucalyptus has more than 600 species. The eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is an extremely fast-growing tree with a smooth trunk that can reach heights of more than 60 meters. It belongs to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and is native to Australia. The young leaves look oval to egg-shaped and are blue-green in color. When rubbed, the leaves smell strongly aromatic. The eucalyptus is a true survivor, because it hardly needs any water, can withstand great heat and germinates again even after devastating bush fires.
Since eucalyptus is native to Australia and Oceania, most of the customs and myths surrounding the healing properties of eucalyptus have developed there. Many there believe that eucalyptus branches can protect against lightning strikes. The cattle should also be protected from disease and harmful magic by eucalyptus. According to the vernacular, luck is for those who attach a branch of eucalyptus to their hats.
Care tips for eucalyptus
The eucalyptus is very easy to care for and only needs a fresh cut before it is then placed in fresh water. Please remember to change the water every 3 days.
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