Considering how much I like taking photographs of this hallmark tree in the Alpine Garden, it’s a wonder it hasn’t been featured on BPotD previously. Known commonly as either Tasmanian snowgum or Mt. Wellington peppermint, this is one of over seven hundred species of Eucalyptus found in or near Australia.
The striking white part of the flower is not the corolla (i.e., not the flower petals). Instead, as is typical of Eucalyptus species, this is a ring of showy stamens. Where are the petals? In Eucalyptus, the petals are modified into a woody cap that protects the flower bud. This cap, called an operculum, is shed as the bud matures and the staminal ring erupts.
Lastly, here’s the small announcement: 40 Small Thank-yous, a proclamation of my intent to make 40 small improvements to the UBC BG site over the next two months as a thank you to you for visiting and helping support the site.
Photography resource link: “Beauty, Cliche, and Other Empiric Tidbits”, an article by Mark Hobson for Nature Photographers Online. “Do beautiful (nature) photos require beautiful subjects?”