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Old Feb 6, 2006, 6:24 AM   #1
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The pattern is caused by a worm of sorts. Only present in one type of tree. This was one of a stand in Lane Cove National Park in Sydney...Looks very impressive in the flesh (bark!)...Fred
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 10:14 AM   #2
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Does that worm damage the tree? It looks as if the bark would be weakened with all those little tracks and gouges.
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 9:51 PM   #3
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No Ladyhawk! Nothing much harms our gum trees. Most if not all of them need fierce bush fires to open their seeds. They are very well adapted to our poor Australian soils and often extreme climate. The problem in suburbia with all of our native flora is to keep fertilisers away....Fred
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Are you sure nobody was trying to write on the tree?
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Old Feb 7, 2006, 12:33 AM   #5
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Wrong! Wrong!. I looked it up and the name is Scribbly Gum. It is a species of it's own (Eucalyptus Scerophylla). The scribbles are caused not by a worm but an insect larva...Fred
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