Skeletonised eucalyptus leaf

Skeletonised eucalyptus leaf

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A leaf from the South Australian blue gum, Eucalyptus leucoxylon, which has been attacked by the larvae of the leaf skeletoniser moth, Uraba lugens, clearly revealing the vascular system. The eucalypts are used as sources of hardwood timber, tannin and kinos. Eucalyptus oil can be distilled from the leaves, though only 20 species are commercially exploited. Medicinal oil is used in inhalants, embrocations, soaps, gargles and lozenges; it is an antiseptic & stain remover. Its active therapeutic agent is cineole. The oil is also used for industrial purposes as a deoderant and disinfectant, and as a source of piperitone from which thymol and menthol are manufactured.

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Keywords: botany, eucalyptus leaf, gum tree, leaf, leaf skeletoniser moth, leaves, nature, plant, plants, uraba lugens

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