a wow leaf

I have discovered this tree at my kids school ( very embarrassing to them )  I have been trying to identify it …. it is an ironbark with petiolate leaf attachment and the leaf is lanceolate in shape. I have not spotted any buds or seed pods so that does make it a little harder. The leaf seems to have a dark spot or speckle to it ( which shows up in the print). The colour is divine almost blood red on some wool and lovely on silk too. Any Ideas my friends … not even sure it is endemic to our region, south east queensland.

 

found a book

While having a little holiday at my parents, school holiday break …. the local op shop is always worth a hunt through and bingo I spotted a book on Eucalypts. I have my Jean Carman notes with me so I have already done some cross referencing.