Instant art – just add a rainbow eucalyptus

fascinating-pure natural art!

Biodiversity Revolution

Happy Friday! It’s grey, windy, and rainy here (Adelaide) right now, so I thought I’d add a bit of colour. And aside from a flock of rainbow lorikeets or some fancy sea slugs, there’s no more astonishing colour than the rainbow eucalyptus (eucalyptus deglupta). It’s found mainly in the Philippines, but also on other tropical islands such as Maui.

What makes this tree so stunning is that pieces of the bark peels off, leaving a bright green inner bark. This ages progressively, changing to blue, purple, orange, and maroon. For many more incredible images, go here.

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10 thoughts on “Instant art – just add a rainbow eucalyptus

  1. They are glorious, aren’t they? Hard to believe that it’s all natural. I think my favourites are the purple/magenta/blue ones, which happen when the bark is aged.

    And thank you for linking to our blog – I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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    1. I definitely like your blog and I love rainbow eucalyptus! Unfortunately I came nearest to the eucalyptus using my toothpaste with natural eucalyptus extract in it 😉

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      1. Well, that’s something – not as pretty though. 😉 I’m disappointed that we don’t get rainbow eucalypts here, although we do have lots of other eucs. A lot of them shed their bark in shreds that hang down the trunk: this draws fire up the trunk into the canopy which helps them spread their genes. It’s amazing how they’ve adapted to make use of bushfires, which are a regular feature of the Australian bush, to help with reproduction. More details in this post:
        http://biodiversityrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/great-balls-of-fire/

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