This Mountain Orange Gum (Eucalyptus prava) grows near the top of mountain of the Great Dividing Range, near the Granite Belt. I feel they are Grandmother Trees because of the long lives they live and the protection and support they give us. It is what First Nations peoples’ have always called them.
The Mountain Orange Gum forms part of the forests of the Clarence Valley upper catchment, these forests slow the movement of water, as it travels downhill into gullies and creeks, towards the Clarence River. These ancient Mountain Orange Gums almost seem to grow out of the rocky granite itself. They have a stillness and steadiness of spirit that we can learn.