Voting closed on Monday 24 March at 11:40 p.m.
Congratulations to Mountain Ash; regnans in excelsis. E. regnans reigns on high.
Snow Gum E. pauciflora won silver, and it was bronze for Ghost Gum C. aparrerinja. Honourable mentions go to River Red Gum E. camaldulensis an early leader, Lemon-scented Gum C. citriodora and Yellow Box E. melliodora.
The decisive moment of the vote in Australia’s favourite eucalypt occurred on Twitter about 24 hours before the close of voting. Euan Ritchie went head to head with Sarah Rees; it was Mountain Ash versus Ghost Gum. The sledging culminated in campaigns swinging into gear.
Votes for mountain ash and ghost gum, which had been fourth and third behind snow gum and river red gum, began to surge.
By midday on the last day of polling, mountain ash had taken the lead, but ghost gum was in pursuit, moving into second place by mid afternoon. River red gum was blown away by the cyclonic campaigns, but snow gum hung in there, moving back to second within hours of the polls closing.
But not even a last minute Eucalypt High Court ruling from Chief Justice Laura Pollock to amend the ballot could change the course of the election.
From there, a round of nominations preceded the voting, which was open for a week. You can see the full results below.
A massive thank you to everyone who participated in the vote for Australia’s favourite eucalypt. We hope you enjoyed some of the great diversity of Australia’s eucalypts. One of my biggest thrills was chatting about eucalypt taxonomy, complete with scientific names of species and plant families, with Australia’s Communications Minister.
The nominations received prior to the poll officially opening:
E. niphophila (might get lumped with E. pauciflora)
E. sclerophylla (might get lumped with E. haemastoma)