Silver Gimlet – Eucalyptus campaspe
Other Names: Gimlet, Silver-Topped Gimlet.
Distinctive Characteristics: This single- or multi-trunked, medium-sized evergreen eucalypt has striking shiny copper, bronze, to salmon-red-colored smooth bark that weathers to a greenish or greyish brown, shedding in thin strips. The heartwood is brown, tinted with pink, red, grey, mauve, or orange. The trunk tends to form spiral fluting. Silver refers to the silvery grey leaves.
Distribution: Native to limited areas in southern Western Australia in a 50 km radius around Coolgardie. Elevation: between about 1,300 and 1,640 ft. (400–500 m).
Ecosystem: Lives on low hilly areas in open woodland with other Eucalypts like Salmon Gum, Snap and Rattle, and Redwood.
Maximum Age: Estimated at 100 years.
Maximum Height and Girth: 33 ft. (10 m) in height; about 5 ft. (1.5 m) in circumference.
Animal Community: The nectar is consumed by various birds and bees.
Modern Uses: The wood has been used for mine props and firewood.
Threats and Conservation: Not threatened.