From Walter Hill   28 December 1878

Botanic Gardens

Brisbane 28 December 1878

Dear Baron

I send you under cover 1 Specimen of Eucalyptus Hilli with out flowers or fruit also by the same post tinbox1 Seed Vessel — seeds and Bark of the above. I am not aware that the tree has ever been brought under your notice? it is some year since that I gathered one or two of the seeds Capsules and the branches without flow[ers.] I give you my memorandum that I made during that time.—

The tree grows to the height of 50 to 70 feet, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, 12 to 16 feet up the barrel or stem the outer bark is much like the [tea] tree (a piece enclosed in box) often it is smooth like the White Gum. The [aroma] from the leaves is very strong and I believe an oil of excellent quality can be made from them. The timber from its hardness &c must be durable &c

I hope you will name this tree after its discoverer &c2

I am

Yours truly

Walter Hill

 

Eucalyptus Hilli

 
tinbox interlined.
M never published the name Eucalyptus hilli; the species with this name described by Maiden (1919), p. 63, was collected by Gerald F. Hill.

Please cite as “FVM-78-12-28b,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 9 August 2022, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/vonmueller/letters/78-12-28b