When James Cook arrived in Australia, did they find the eucalypt tree, and if they did, what did they call it?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander accompanied Cook on his voyage to Australia and they took samples of eucalypts. However, on his third trip, in 1777 David Nelson collected a samply in southern Tasmania. This specimen was taken to the British Museum in London, and was named Eucalyptus obliqua by the French botanist L'Héritier, who was working in London at the time.
- amanda the creekLv 61 decade ago
Considering there are over 700 species of eucalyptus, it is without a doubt that he encountered a variety or two of this flora.
They used to be called gum trees until given their scientific name "eucalyptus" which is derived from Greek words eu and calyptos meaning "well" and "covered" combined: "well covered".
- SadiaLv 61 decade ago