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Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil and Products

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 *HALL OF FAME* We are thrilled to announce that we have been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for receiving a Certificate of Excellence Award 5 years running.
A big thank you to all of our visitors for sharing their feedback and of course to our great Emu Ridge team for always putting our customers first to deliver a great experience.
Thanks to all!
~Larry, Bev & Team~

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Not often people have the time to send images or give us a testimonial. We do receive alot of reviews on Emu Oil and how it has helped people. I wanted to share this one from Heather in the UK.
“I used your emu oil for 4 days on my son’s eczema. It is AMAZING. My aunt brought it back for me as a souvenir. He is only 4 1/2 months old and I have tried other hypoalergenic creams and lotions and this was the only thing that has worked. And all in 4 days!!!”
Thanks Heather much appreciated, and so glad it has helped your son.
For privacy i have blurred the babys face and cut this image other than that is is untouched, amazing!

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Meet the makers of our Natural Product Range

Do you ever wonder how things are made?

Meet Bob and Sandra …. this lovely couple make our range of natural products. We love the expertise and dedication that they put into creating and producing our unique range of handmade, quality, natural products!  

They are a pleasure to work with and are truly essential contributors to our Team!

Sandra and BobHere is a little memoir from Bob on how they started  their natural product journey.

“As any successful small business, ours started out as a hobby that quickly became a passion.

We started out making natural soaps. After many failed attempts we came up with a recipe that we were happy with and we have used ever since.

After the success with our soap, Sandra decided to start making skin care but it had to be natural ingredients, this was in the 90’s before natural products became as popular as they are today. This was before Google, so many hours were spent in book shops & libraries researching recipes, ingredients, methods and the benefits of natural plant based products. Next was the hard part, trying to substitute natural ingredients for the chemicals that are widely used in mainstream skin care. A very difficult process, with many hours of trial and error until Sandra finally came up with a range of products she was happy with.

After decades being involved in retail we were set up at one of our casual leasing sites at Marion Westfield shopping centre, where we had the good fortune to meet Bev Turner (Emu Ridge). Very quickly we realised that she was as interested as we were in the making and use of natural products. This was over ten years ago, since then we have worked together, developing new products and building up a very good working relationship…..and becoming good friends as well!” ~Bob~

 

Bob making our natural Emu Oil Soap

Before we met Bob and Sandra we tried to make our natural products to the best of our ability.  We couldn’t keep up with our soap making, back then it was made with tallow. Products being produced to be used on the body was a whole new set of rules compared to manufacturing Eucalyptus oil!  Insurance was a nightmare and being new to this area we just started out the best we could. We bought many of our products in bulk, the companies promoted these products as natural and we just added our eucalyptus oil as the fragrance and then bottled and labeled them, I’m sure many small businesses start out like this. On researching natural products and ingredients we soon realized we were not happy at all with the ingredients in many of these so-called natural products we were buying.

In later years, I had also become allergic to perfumes and preservatives and emu oil is now one of my favorite products for the body. Finding new, all-natural options was very important to me, being personally driven to find  better alternatives. We met Bob and Sandra and, as they say, the rest is history.

We now have a genuine natural product range made from scratch and we know they are all of excellent quality, they are unique to us and handmade with love!

Great job Bob and Sandra!

~Bev~

See our All natural Range here.

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas Kangaroo Island

Have you got mum a gift yet?

At Emu Ridge we are making it easy for you to find your mum the perfect gift this Mother’s Day thanks to our wide range of gift ideas online. You’re sure to find something that will make your mum smile.

 

Gift Vouchers are always a great option to, you will find them on our online shop

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store and online. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised  gift hampers as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.

 

Below are some of our favorite products, but please feel free to browse the complete online shop here.

 

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School Holiday Activities on Kangaroo Island

We like to be children friendly at Emu Ridge. Each school holidays we always organizes a range of activities for children to do while their parents have a browse around our shop. These include crosswords, word finds, making bath salts, colouring-in competitions and lots more! See below for some templates. Our kiddies corner is always popular, the little ones can enjoy toys, books, blackboards and more.P1040673

These bright, colourful bath salts are fun and easy to make as well as smelling beautiful, whether they are mixed into your bath water or simply left open beside your bed.

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Making Bath Salts always popular every holidays

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Easter Colouring-In Competition 2015

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Making Bath Salts

we also have fun outdoor activities such as hop scotch and tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses)

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hop scotch fun in the warm sun

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you may all know this game as tic-tac toe, but at Emu Ridge we have sticks and stones that was hand made by Larry Turner. This lovely family from Italy enjoyed a game of good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge. Tic- Tac-Toe is a fun, traditional game that can be played by all ages.

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Crossword, Click Here

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Word Find, Click Here

Anzac Day, A Day of Remembrance for Australia and New Zealand

“Australia’s ANZAC Sons” by Peter Baskerville

Tread softly now this hallowed ground
but wear the dust with pride,
for mingled with this ancient soil
our Aussie ash abides.
To sense the golden wattle sprig,
to see the red gums tall,
embodied in their crimson flow
our land and nature call.

Though beaten in a senseless raid
the world’s respect was won,
an enemy turned to friend indeed
our sons and theirs now one.
Eight thousand souls departed here
their flesh, a richer earth
that’s greened these hills for 90 years
their spirit, a nation’s birth.

A heritage won, a legacy given
that’s stood the test of time,
of mateship, grit and courage clear,
these bells forever chime.
Whilst larrikin and defiant they
the ultimate price have paid,
no greater honor now bestowed:
The ‘Anzac Spirit’ displayed.

This beautiful sunrise was taken by one of our lovely staff Madison Lierich, I thought it was very fitting for this Anzac Day – At the going down of the Sun and in the Morning, we will Remember Them…… from all of us at Emu Ridge.

This link will take you to why we celebrate ANZAC DAY 

French Tourism Students

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus continues to build a relationship with a Laflèche College in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. Quebec, hosting another two of its tourism intership students.

Lindie and Elodie were lucky to be here at this time to experience the automating of our new business methods, bringing our business up to date with the 21st century. Helping out in many ways including reception, cleaning, restocking the shop, making various gift packs, bottling oil, retail sales, waitressing and tour guiding.

“I think we all have a great job at Emu Ridge, we have such a huge variety of jobs to keep us busy,” Bev said.

“We thank the parents and teachers for trusting in us and we hope the girls take home some amazing memories of Kangaroo Island.  We are sure all the girls will have a bright future ahead in hospitality and tourism!

Some memories of the time Élodie & Lindie our tourism students from Quebec had with us. We loved having them, thanks so much for your help, you both did an amazing job and fitted in with our team and our business very well.  

See ya, Au revoir? Collège Laflèche

 

Easter Opening hours at Emu Ridge

Larry, Bev and the  Emu Ridge team hope everyone has a lovely Easter Break. We are going to be open for everyone everyday 9am – 4pm.

Enjoy our Eucalyptus Oil and Natural Products, Local Produce, Kangaroo Island Cider Tasting and Sales and the Cafe, see our autumn menu, plus we have Marron, and the DeEstree Bakery Panini’s and other specials available daily!

This lovely Easter Bilby artpiece painted by our volunteer Laura Hepworth, an artist from the UK. If your not sure what a Bilby is see below. We are all about Australian Natives so we are using our Native Bilby for our Easter wishes.

 

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

The Australian Easter Bilby
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species. It is on average 55 cm (22 in) long, excluding the tail, which is usually around 29 cm (11 in) long. Its fur is usually grey or white, it has a long pointy nose and very long ears, hence earning its nick-name, the rabbit-eared bandicoot. Bilbies Burrow for Safety!

Greater Bilby on ground near its burrow

Greater Bilby in captivity. Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.

The Bilby is an important part of traditional indigenous culture in the deserts of Central Australia. The large rabbit like ears of the Greater Bilby (referred to as Bilby) have also made it a popular Australian icon at Easter. Sadly, through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years.

As members of a group of ground-dwelling marsupials known as Bandicoots, Bilbies have long pointed snouts and compact bodies. Bilbies measure between 29 and 55cm in length and differ from other Bandicoots by their larger ears, long silky fur and longer tails.

Bilbies are remarkable burrowers, using their strong forelimbs and claws to build extensive tunnels. One Bilby may make up to twelve burrows within its home range to use for shelter. They have long slender tongues that they use to eat a specialised diet of seeds, insects, bulbs, fruit and fungi. Bilbies are active at night, sheltering in their burrows during the daytime.

Where is it found?

A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, from the dry interior to temperate coastal regions. Changes to the Bilby’s habitat have seen their numbers greatly reduced and today the species is nationally listed as vulnerable. They now occur in fragmented populations in mulga shrublands and spinifex grasslands in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory; in the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia; and the Mitchell Grasslands of southwest Queensland.

What are the threats?

While there are many threats contributing to the dramatic decline of Bilby populations, the most important of these are habitat loss and change, and competition with introduced animals. As agricultural activities extended over the more fertile regions of Australia the Bilby’s habitat has changed rapidly. Changing fire patterns also affect the type and abundance of food plants.

Competition with introduced animals is a major threat as domestic stock like cattle and sheep eat the same plants. Rabbits compete with Bilbies for their food and burrows and foxes and feral cats also prey on them.

Having disappeared from the areas intensively grazed by livestock as well as those areas densely populated by Rabbits, Cats and Foxes, Bilbies now only survive in small isolated populations in the driest and least fertile regions of arid Australia.

What is happening?

The Bilby is protected throughout Australia where it occurs. A national Recovery Plan is being developed to ensure the survival of the Bilby. Key recovery actions include:

  • managing the Bilby’s remaining habitat;
  • breeding in captivity;
  • monitoring existing populations; and
  • re-establishing Bilbies in areas where they previously occurred.

The ‘Save the Bilby’ project, based in the Queensland town of Charleville, is an example of a few determined individuals making a big difference. The local team aims to build a predator-proof enclosure surrounding part of a national park to reintroduce Bilbies into far western Queensland. They have raised money for their project by running “meet the Bilby” evenings, with a talk, video and meeting of the captive Bilby breeding colony, and by selling Bilby merchandise in shopping centres across southern Queensland.

Source environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/bilby-macrotis-lagotis

Emu Ridge Celebrates 28 years in Business

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY to EMU RIDGE EUCALYPTUS ?? Founded on the 8th of April 1991 ☺

Wow time flies when your having fun, a quick pic of the staff at work today in front of our original shop the Old MacGillivray Post Office ???????? Some of our great team at work today, Lucy, Tristan, Ella, tourism student Elodie, Larry, me Bev, Tricia, tourism student Lindie and of course our overseer Choppa ?

We are nothing without you!

Thanks to our visitors, loyal customers, online customers, and our amazing Emu Ridge team!

Iconic Australian has its own Day, National Eucalypts Day

Eucalypts: Some things you may not know about an iconic Australian

Eucalypt Day is an initiative by Eucalypt Australia to continue in its quest to raise awareness of eucalypts and celebrate the important place that they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians. Eucalypts even have their own national day — on March 23.

DID YOU KNOW

You’d be hard pressed to go more than 10 minutes without spotting a eucalyptus tree in Australia.

They dominate our landscapes from the bush to our backyards, paddocks, parks and pavements.

They are extraordinary plants and many people love them.

One of those people is botanist Pauline Ladiges.

The world expert has been studying this iconic group of plants for the past 55 years.

“The most interesting thing for me is the diversity of the whole eucalypt group and its extraordinarily ancient history,” said Professor Ladiges from the University of Melbourne.

So how much do you know about this iconic plant? Let’s take a closer look.

What’s in a name?

The term eucalypt — meaning well (eu) covered (kalyptos) — was first coined by French botanist Charles Louis L’Héritiert de Brutelle in 1788.

 

Info on our unique Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus tree Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee Eucalyptus cneorifolia  

You can find our unique Eucalyptus oil for sale here

The ancient fossil link to Gondwana

The roots of the eucalypt go back to when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

The oldest known examples of eucalypt fossils are 52 million-year-old flowers, fruits and leaves found in Patagonia.

“There are some superb fossils that I don’t think anyone doubts that have been described from South America,” said Professor Ladiges.

“The eucalypt group has to go back beyond that [age] because the fossils are so recognisable.

“They just look like fruits off a tree down the road.”

Sequencing of the eucalypt genome from the rose gum (Eucalypt grandis) — a species found in coastal areas of New South Wales and Queensland — indicates the group goes back at least 109 million years.

At that time, flowering trees were starting to take off and dinosaurs roamed the land.

A diverse Australasian

Today, botanists have identified around 900 species of eucalypts divided into three different groups: Eucalyptus, which make up the bulk of the species; Corymbia, the bloodwood eucalypts mainly found in the north; and Angophora.

Eucalypts come in all shapes and sizes and dominate the landscape from alpine regions to the outback and edges of rainforests.

There’s the mighty mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), the world’s tallest flowering tree; the gnarly snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora); the multi-stemmed bull mallee (Eucalyptus behriana); the apple or cabbage ghost gum (Corymbia flavescens) found in northern Australia; and the twisted Sydney red gum (Angophora costata).

“The only place they don’t really dominate is the very, very arid parts of Australia,” Professor Ladiges said.

But while we think of eucalypts as being uniquely Australian, there are also a handful of species in New Guinea, Timor, Sulewesi and even one species — the rainbow gum (Eucalyptus deglupta) — on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

Bark up the right tree

One of the most distinctive features of eucalypts is their bark.

Some trees have smooth bark — as the tree grows it sheds old layers from its trunk or branches. The new bark underneath is often brightly coloured that fades over time.

There are also half-barked trees that have thick bark around their trunk but smooth limbs.

“In some areas where a fire might be more like a grass fire, a lower storey fire, you’ll find trees there that only have rough bark at the base,” Professor Ladiges said.

Other trees are completely covered in rough bark. The old layer of bark stays attached to the tree and forms a thick protective layer against fire. Rough barks can be a bit trickier to identify because the texture can take different forms.

If the bark has long stringy bark, it might a stringybark, if it has tough, blackened furrowed bark it might be an ironbark, and if it has really short fibres it might be a box or a peppermint.

But beware: not all trees with stringy bark are actually stringybarks, said Professor Ladiges.

There are about 30 species in eastern Australia that can be classified as stringybarks, but she said the word gets used for similar species that are not closely related.

The Darwin stringybark (Eucalyptus tetradonta) used in Aboriginal bark paintings in the Northern Territory is one of these false stringybarks.

Indigenous people across Australia also use bark to make canoes and shields.

In New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland there are a number of protected scarred trees. As the name suggests these trees bear scars from where the bark was cut away and sometimes engraved.

There’s oil and gold in them thar leaves

A eucalypt’s leaves are packed with oil glands that produce the aromatic compounds that give us their distinctive scent.

“Some smell very strongly eucalyptus-like, some smell really like peppermints, and the lemon-scented gum has a more lemony smell,” Professor Ladiges said.

These compounds help protect the tree from attack by pests.

“Oil glands make them unpalatable to insects, but then you get insects that adapt to eating those sorts of leaves,” she said.

In 2013, biologists discovered that a yellowbox tree (Eucalyptus mellidora) in sheep paddock in New South Wales could change the smell of its leaves from one side to the other to protect itself against attack.

Scientists also discovered the leaves of trees in Kimberley contain microscopic traces of gold, using sophisticated imaging techniques.

Eucalypt leaves also change over a tree’s lifetime.

The leaves of a young sapling are held horizontally to maximise the surface area for gathering light. As the tree ages, the stalk of the leaf twists so that the leaf becomes vertical and is not exposed to as much radiation.

But it’s not just the shape that changes, the structure changes, Professor Ladiges said.

“The anatomy inside changes. Instead of having an upper and lower surface both sides will have photosynthetic tissue,” she said.

This enables the leaves to maximise photosynthesis and minimise exposure to heat.

“They also have a lot of thick-walled cells, a lot of fibres. So they are really, really tough.”

They’re fruits not nuts

May Gibbs is a favorite author of mine, her Gum nut babies were ahead of their time soo cute!

It doesn’t have the same ring to it, but Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are technically gum-fruit babies.

“People call them gumnuts but they’re actually capsules which means that they open by valves at the top of the fruit. These valves dry up and open up and seeds drop out,” Professor Ladiges said.

These hard, woody capsules have a thick wall, which is not destroyed by heat. The capsules open up after fire to release the undamaged seeds.

Professor Ladiges said the shape and number of these capsules is distinctive from species to species.

Reading the fire risk of the country

Features such as oil-filled leaves and bark that can easily shed make eucalypts highly flammable.

This ability to stoke a fire is part of their survival strategy, said Professor Ladiges.

“If a fire is hot but goes through fast it will do less damage than a really slow burning fire.”

“The fact that that helps fire go through fast was clearly a selective advantage to the species because then their seeds wouldn’t have been cooked.”

Even if the tops of the trees are destroyed by fire, many species can re-sprout from buds under their bark or from a lignotuber at the base of the tree. But not all species can re-sprout.

A handful of species only regenerate from seed, which makes them very vulnerable to frequent, high intensity fires.

These species include the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) and alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis) in the Australian alps, and a group of species such as the salmon eucalypt (E. salmonophloia) in Western Australia’s wheatbelt.

 

 

 

By gum, it’s kino

Many species of eucalypts ooze thick, red resin known as kino.

Recent research based on two Queensland species, the lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) and cadaghi gum (Eucalyptus torelliana), has shown eucalypt resin has antibacterial properties.

Resin has been traditionally used by Indigenous Australians to treat cuts and wounds.

While the most famous eucalypt-muncher is the koala, kino is an important food source for the yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis), a small tree-dweller that lives in the forests of eastern Australia.

 

Summer and winter

Eucalypt flowers have evolved to attract specific pollinators.

Most eucalypts flower in summer, Professor Ladiges said.

“If you went down the coast now in Victoria you’d have messmate (Eucalyptus obliqua) and manna gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) flowering. And they’re basically pollinated by insects,” she said.

While these species of eucalypts have pale coloured flowers, others such as the Darwin woollybutt (Eucalyptus miniata) and the large-fruited mallee (Eucalyptus youngiana) are more brightly coloured.

These species flower in winter and are pollinated by birds.

“The colour is the stamens — the male part of the flower.”

The flowering cycle also differs between species, with some flowering longer than others.

Some alpine ash eucalypts in the Australian alps are also starting to flower early in response to recurrent fires, Dr Bowman said.

What’s that eucalypt?

There are so many different species the best way to identify different species is to get a field guide for the local area, Professor Ladiges said.

While it may not help you put a name to the plant sitting on the verge outside your house, it will help if you go bush.

“Once people start getting their eye in for the bark, the fruit and the juvenile leaves they’re well on their way to identifying a plant.”

So go out bush and get closer to this iconic — and extraordinarily ancient — Australian.

 

some info By Genelle Weule  Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-01-26/eucalyptus-trees-an-iconic-australian/9330782

Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Eucalyptus cneorifolia | Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) is the variety of Eucalyptus tree that Emu Ridge sustainably grows and harvests for its famous Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas!

In the early 1900’s there were over 100 Eucalyptus stills on the island producing eucalyptus oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee, making it the biggest export off of Kangaroo Island during that time. Today Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus oil Distillery in South Australia.

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee is native to Kangaroo Island. Bev and Larry Turner founders of the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil distillery in 1991 were lucky to have an honors student Adam Steer do a study on (Factors affecting oil yield, and genetic selection for the improved oil yield, in Eucalyptus cneorifolia growing on Kangaroo Island) After many years of research and through selective breeding Larry and Bev have endeavored to  collect seeds from the best oil-bearing, disease free and drought resistant plants. These seeds are then grown to seedlings and looked after at the Emu Ridge nursery. Sustainability of the species is the key to it’s future and also the reputation of the oil. Buying from local and small businesses like Emu Ridge is the best way to support the future of trees like the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

Description: A small mallee type to 16′ with cream flowers. This species is used primarily for essential oil extraction and is often cultivated for the attractive foliage. It is quick growing, suitable for windbreaks and erosion control, salt effected areas and does well on limestone type soils. It is a rare species from Kangaroo Island and has no closely related species. It is from the Myrtaceae family.

Culture: Sun, well drained acid or alkaline soil, sandy loam, low moisture requirement.

Uses: Shrub or small tree, essential oil production, ornamental, windbreaks, coastal area plantings, cut flowers, foliage and fruits.
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The Kangaroo Island Narrow leaf mallee trees are easily recognized by their erect stems,  narrow leaves, crowded fusiform buds and hemispherical fruit. They are often cultivated because of its attractive foliage. They are a fairly hardy plant, with only a few threats including inadequate recruitment and livestock grazing.

Like the name suggests, the leaf of the tree is narrow and long with beautiful dark olive green foliage and bright lime green new foliage. You can hold the older leaves up to the light and see the many eucalyptus oil cells throughout the leaf. However, the leaf does not have a fragrance unless you crush the precious oil cells.

The beautiful new growth from Spring is where all the good oil is, so our distilling time is seasonal. We only produce our oil at the end of Spring and throughout Summer. The difference in yield is huge from only 1% in the Winter to 4% in the Summer. For example, our distilling pot holds about 500kg of leaves per cook, which produces only 1 – 2 litres of eucalyptus oil in winter, but produces  5 – 10 litres of eucalyptus oil in the summer.

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Distribution and population only occurs in South Australia. Common on the eastern part of Kangaroo Island, and occurs in restricted pockets near Waitpinga on Fleurieu Peninsula. There has also been findings of this plant near coastal locations of southern Fleurieu Peninsula, between Deep Creek and Victor Harbour.

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The fruit of the tree is a small football shape, as shown in the picture below, with the red tops dropping off to welcome the white or cream fluffy flowers inside. We use the the leaves, fruit and flowers to decorate all kinds of different products in our retail shop, and also use them in our pot pourri.

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The picture below is of part of our plantation at Emu Ridge. Larry selectively bred the eucalyptus with the help of research working with the Waite Institute in Adelaide. He planted his trees in contour rows and harvests every second row so that the remaining row will protect the new growth from the Kangaroo Island weather. The trees are harvested to the ground and are re-harvested every one to two years. This keeps the tree as a hedge instead of growing into a taller tree.

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Below are the trees left to grow tall. The name “Mallee” means several slender stems. The tree ends up with a “canopy” of leaves up the top. Multi-stemmed or single-stemmed trees can grow up to 10 meters high, with the adult leaves alternating. The leaves are generally on petioles 5-10 mm long, sub-erect, glossy and an olive-green colour.

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Below is a famous strip of road on Kangaroo Island which travels through the “tunnel” of Narrow-Leaf Mallee trees…. we have a few of these beautiful cathedrals on the Island.

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Source – Matt White

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Source – Dean Wiles

Below are photos of the bark. The  bark is somewhat fibrous, greyish-brown to dark-grey, compact rough bark longitudinally fissured , being replaced  by a smooth greyish bark.

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Below is a photo which shows the many stems growing from the mallee stump.

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The Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) predominately covers the Eastern side of Kangaroo island as you can see in the below images.

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Artworks using the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Below is some artwork I would like to share with you from 2 of my favourite and Kangaroo Islands most  accomplished and admired artists.  Janine Mackintosh and Scott Harshorne. Each has a unique take on nature, Janine with meticulously sewn assemblages of natural objects and Scott with his giant, sparse oils reminiscent of herbarium sheets.

Scott Hartshorne’s oversized branchlets of native Kangaroo Island trees are the perfect complement to the detail of Janine’s assemblages. They strip down the tree to its essence and present it boldly and powerfully.

Dry Branch_Scott Hartshorne

Dry Branch: A Study In Complexity Eucalyptus cneorifolia, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

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Janine’s assemblages present in mesmerising detail the natural world of Kangaroo Island and in particular her own Heritage listed property. Her art is a message to save what we have left of the complexity of biodiversity.

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INDUSTRY- Artist Janine Mackinosh Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) gum, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves, metal farm disc, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas by

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LAMENTATION – Artist Janine Mackintosh Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves from a drowning tree, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas

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Eucalyptus Oil

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Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Produced on Kangaroo Island South Australia

Bev and Larry have been producing Eucalyptus Oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee since 1991. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is an important part of Kangaroo Island’s Tourism industry, adding to the variety of Kangaroo Islands produce and preserving important history.

For more information on Emu Ridge’s history, please click on the blog links below:
History
Kangaroo Island History – Emu Ridge
Emu Ridge – The last South Australian Eucalyptus Oil Distillery!

Their shop on Kangaroo Island is the main outlet for their Eucalyptus Oil. Their online shop is also largely used by our supporting customers, from all over the globe!

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References:

These pictures were taken from our very own trees here at Emu Ridge to illustrate the unique species.

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_cneorifolia

Australian Government Department of the Environment – http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/ab8e9576-38e6-4dc7-9b36-becca5028f42/files/kangaroo-island-mallee-woodlands.pdf

Department for Enviroment and Heritage – file:///C:/Users/Emu%20Ridge%20Office/Downloads/pa-fact-pafacteucalyptuscneorifolia.pdf

Biodiversity Heritage Library – http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/19423960#page/315/mode/1up

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