SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT Who painted the bark?

 Meet the magnificent rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

Native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the tree's brightly-coloured purple, green, red,and orange bark makes it an eye-catching beauty.

It’s the only species of eucalyptus that grows naturally in the Northern Hemisphere.

 It is also one of only four species of eucalyptus that lives outside of Australia, preferring the warm, wet climate of South-East Asian rainforests.

The ‘deglupta’ in its scientific name translates to ‘to peel off, husk or shell where it grows naturally’.

The bark changes colour over time, which is what gives the tree its kaleidoscopic look.

It starts off as a bright green when first exposed, then turns to red, orange, and purple tones, then to brown as the bark matures. This is then shed and the process starts again.

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