Edmonds, Robert L. College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
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A large and important genus of Australian forest trees, including about 500 species in the family Myrtaceae. Only two species of Eucalyptus occur naturally outside Australia, on adjacent islands. Eucalypts occur throughout Australia, except in coastal tropical and subtropical rainforests in Queensland and New South Wales and in temperate rainforests in Victoria and Tasmania. They are confined to watercourses in the extensive arid zones of central and northwest Australia. Eucalypts grow from sea level to the tree line (the elevation limit for arboreal growth; in this case, 6600 ft or 2000 m). See also: Australia; Forest and forestry; Myrtales; Tree
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