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  • In a few countries the blue gum tree . . . was pivotal in an unusual attack on malaria. Planted in mosquito-infested marshes, the trees soon dried the marshes through their heavy feeding, effectively killing the mosquitoes. The blue gum thus earned the name Australian fevertree.

    --Claire Kowalchik and William H. Hylton, 1998, Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, p. 185

    October 2, 2008