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This is not a turpentine bush

Quite a few Australian species bear the common name Turpentine Bush. Wikipedia lists a wattle (Acacia lysiphloia), three euphorbs (Beyeria lechenaultia, Beyeria opaca and Beyeria subtecta) and two emu bushes (Eremophila clarkei and Eremophila sturtii).  The Western Australian Government destignatesEremophila fraseri both a Turpentine Bush and undesirable. Overseas there are others, such as the North American daisy, Ericameria laricifolia.

I thought I had captured one of the Eremophila Turpentine Bushes, when I was photographically browsing in Wesley Hill, on the outskirts of Castlemaine. There were a couple of small trees, planted alongside the hotel in which we stayed back in early December (in happier, coronavirus-free days), looking out over an old gold mining reserve.


Plants usually are called turpentine this and that when their foilage smells like turpentine, which usually comes from a pine tree and is therefore 'piney'. They tend to be resinous, like pine sap.

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