…and another thank you to Nuytsia@Tas on Flickr for both today’s photograph and suggestions for links (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). I’m always grateful for photographs from Tasmania, despite the sad story behind this one.
Eucalyptus gunnii subsp. divaricata is a localized subspecies of the Tasmanian endemic commonly known as Miena cider gum. Drought, “possibly linked to climate change”, has killed off a few stands of this threatened tree, including the one in today’s photograph. Ten thousand individual plants were thought to remain in the wild as of 2003, though it is estimated this number continues to decline.
Nuytsia@Tas suggests the following links:
- Resurrecting Ghost Gums from the Threatened Plant Action Group of Tasmania
- Australian Threatened Species: Miena cider gum (PDF) from the Threatened Species Network of Australia