Published: July 2011
Type: Medicinal Plant Images
Eucalypts are the most iconic Australian medicinal plants and are possibly the most useful commercially for their medicinal properties (including antimicrobial, insect repellent, pesticidal, anticough and decongestant bioactivities). Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees in the family Myrtaceae. Of the more than 700 species that comprise this genus, most are endemic to Australia. A smaller number are also native to New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Pictured is the red flowering species Eucalyptus ficifolia (also known as Corymbia ficifolia). Photograph taken in Brisbane Australia by Dr Ian Cock.