Sunday, November 17, 2013

Swamp Mallet - Eucalyptus spathulata

A quick visit to the Imperial Valley (and the sun) to escape the Seattle grey for a few days. At the end of the driveway where we stay, there are several Eucalyptus spathulata, commonly called Swamp Mallet. A mallet or marlock is a small tree-form or shrubby Eucalyptus found in Western Australia. (When we first heard of the tree, we heard it as “Swamp Molly” – as in a girl from the bayou.) At night the egrets come in to roost in these tree and it can smell quite rank underneath because of all the crawdads the birds eat.

Swamp Mallet Trunk
Swamp Mallet Leaves

Swamp Mallet in Profile at Dusk

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