Saturday, August 3, 2013

Eucalyptus and Santa Clementina

Generally, trees in Menorca are not very high. It is believed that the reason for this is both the dryness of the summer and poor soil composition. The Eucalyptus, however, grow healthy in some areas of the island. Typically are isolated individuals or small groups.

A Eucalyptus at the entrance of Santa Clementina.

Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of flowering trees and shrubs (including a distinct group with a multiple-stem mallee growth habit) in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Members of the genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, and a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia.

It was introduced in Menorca around 1800 and since then, it has been used in home remedies for potions and ointments and therefore appreciated and cared for in the places where it grows.
The farmhouse of Santa Clementina, has a privileged location in the northern lands of the island

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