Tim, I'm intrigued: who counted them? 61,959 Brush Box. Wow! What an
> From: "Tim Dolby" <>
> Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 15:24:08 +1000
> To: "albatross valdez" <>, "birding-aus"
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] RFI Hoppers Crossing street trees
> See below a list (in rank order) of the most common street tree taxa in
> Melbourne. It shows name, number of trees in Melb, percentage and then whether
> it's native N or exotic E. From my experience the eucalypts spp that attract
> lorikeets in Melbourne are Yellow Gum (often the prostate ssp such as Eukie
> Dwarf), Spotted Gum (an east coast sp found to down the Mimosa Rock NP),
> Lemon-scented gum (naturally in northern Qld) and Red Ironbark (which
> apparently originates from the south-east Qld pop).
> I'd suggest the trees near you are either Yellow Gum or Spotted Gum, both of
> which are flowering at the moment.
> One of the trees listed below is Smooth-barked Apple, which looks like a
> eucalypts but is actually an Angophora (to tell the difference Angophora have
> opposite leaves rather than alternate, and lack a bud cap). They seem quite
> popular with councils at the moment and are a lovely tree - however I've yet
> to notice lorikeets specifically feeding on them in any numbers.
> Tim Dolby
> Queensland brush box (Lophostemon confertus) 61,959 6.9 N
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