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Pixie Hats & Caps

Eucalyptus and Corymbia Flowers have a cap (operculum) which falls off as the flowers open. So we could have labelled them operculum, but I think Pixie Hats is a better description. Pixie hats are scattered beneath the trees just as the flowers open. At this time, most people would be looking up at the lovely blooms. However, if you look down when you see a tree just starting to flower, you will find Pixie Hats. If the gum doesn’t have these caps, then it falls into the third gum tree genus, Angophora.

Because gums are messy trees, searching amongst the tree litter for tiny operculum can be tedious and time consuming, but well worth the effort.

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