"There are white-box and pine on the ridges afar, Where the ironbark, bluegum, and peppermint are, But the one I know best and the dearest to me And the king of them all is the stringybark tree." Why is it so dear? The singer's birth-hut was made of it


Andrew and Nancy Learmonth _Encyclopedia of Australia_2nd edition, Warne & Co, 1973, describes stringybark as an informal name for several species of eucalyptus, the name being given because the bark "peels off in long fibrous strips."

Paterson/Fahey/Seal, p.281, notes that stringybark grew on poor land, but it isn't absolutely clear whether this means low soil fertility or unusually dry. I would guess the former, though, because eucalyptus leaves reportedly are very low in nutrition value even by leaf standards. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Meredith/Anderson, p. 264, "Stringybark" (1 text)
  2. BI, MA264


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1968
Keywords: home
Found in: Australia