|Roadside Ghost Gum, west of Windorah, south-west Queensland.|
Coming from the south-east, this is one of the first examples you'll encounter.
But thereby hangs a tale, for which I am very grateful to David Nash (see below in Comments, under 'Unknown' - that's due to a glitch in Blogger). David is a highly regarded authority on Northern Territory languages and I can do no better than quote him. "How aparrerinja came to be applied is a bit mysterious. It was recorded as the word for 'Ghost Gum' only by Basedow (in 1925 near Gosse's Bluff). In his orthography nj is the palatal nasal. It is not understood why he did not record the common Arrernte ‘Ghost Gum’ word ilwempe, and why instead his term is built on the ‘River Red Gum’ term apere (in modern orthography), meaning "similar to apere". Note that the River Red Gum is commonly considered in central Australia to be the most similar tree to the Ghost Gum." It doesn't seem that this one is soluble, but it's good to know the questions at least.
|Ghost Gums towering over the plains near Simpsons Gap, MacDonnell Ranges.|
|Ghost Gums by the Plenty Highway, far eastern Northern Territory.|
|Ghost Gum estimated to be 300 years old (by the Northern Territory Parks Service)|
near Trephina Gorge, East MacDonnell Ranges.
|Above and below, Standley Chasm, West MacDonnell Ranges.|
|Kings Canyon Rim Walk, George Gill Range, central Australia.|