Scientific name: Eucalyptus globulus Labill.

Family: Myrtaceae

Synonym: Eucalyptus maidenii F. Muell.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Eucalyptus.

Tribal name: Australia gach (Rakhaing, Tripura).

English name: Tasmanian blue gum, Southern blue gum, Blue gum.

Description of the plant: A medium to very tall (up to 70 m) evergreen tree, with a trunk diameter up to 2 m. The bark at the base of the tree is rough and persistent but peels to reveal long strips of the smooth, pale grey, white or yellowish trunk for most of its height. Leaves are borne alternately on the stem and are glossy, green to dark green. Matured leaves have petioles and are narrower and longer (up to 30 cm long and 3 cm wide) than the juvenile leaves, and are sickle-shaped with numerous oil glands. The inflorescence arises from the leaf axil and is unbranched with a single flower (occasionally three flowers), pedicel is absent or very short, flowers are white or cream. The hemispherical, woody fruits are 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, with a broad disc and 4 or 5 valves.

Eucalyptus globulus

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Medicinal uses: Paste prepared from the ash of leaves and coconut oil is rubbed to the affected area (red spot) until cured.

Extract of leaves increases the volume of urine.

Distribution: This species is cultivated in forest area.

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