Monthly Archives: October 2010

Medicosma sessiliflora (Daintree Aspen) (Rutaceae)

Very aptly named, this tree has sessile flowers (flowers not borne on a stalk). The flowers have 4 petals but are otherwise quite typically Citrus-like, with the stamens forming a very condensed ‘cage’ around the style. The leaves appear to … Continue reading

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Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava) (Eupomatiaceae)

This is one of the botanical must sees of Far North Queensland. It is a true gem. Only 3 species of Eupomatia exist, two in Australia and one in New Caledonia. It is a unique genus and is considered to … Continue reading

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Polyalthia longifolia (False Asoka) (Annonaceae)

The false asoka is a grand tree of Indian origins grown as an ornamental. Interestingly in southeast Asia it is more often grown in cemeteries. The conical form of the false asoka is unmistakable.

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Araucaria bidwillii (Bunya Pine) (Araucariaceae)

It’s always quite a sight to see Bunya pines strewn across the landscape. When in season, the nuts were feasted on by aborigines. Some aborigines also used bunya nuts to make bread. Read more here.

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Ormosia ormondii (Yellow Bean) (Fabaceae)

Ormosia ormondii is the only representative of this moderately large (over 100 species, mostly tropical) genus of trees in Far North Queensland. It grows up to over 20m and is an absolutely gorgeous tree when in flower, with blossoms of … Continue reading

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Costus potierae (Costaceae)

Costus potierae is one of the only two species of Costus in FNQ. Both species are spiral gingers as their family name suggests but in this species, the flowers are held high above the ground, whereas the other, C. dubius, … Continue reading

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Alpinia modesta (Zingiberaceae)

This is one of the more modest gingers in Far North Queensland. I haven’t known it for long but I find the flowers very attractive, with their pinkish-purplish streaks. In a sterile form it could probably be identified by the … Continue reading

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Melia azedarach (White Cedar) (Meliaceae)

It is always nice to get to know a species which is the type species of the genus itself. This means that this species was the first species that was described for the genus. Moreover, Melia itself is the type … Continue reading

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Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda flower) (Lamiaceae)

The Pagoda flower is probably world famous in tropical regions as an ornamental shrub. It is a native of India and has become thoroughly naturalized in FNQ forest understoreys. There is no mistaking it when it flowers and even when … Continue reading

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Cryptocarya laevigata (Red Fruited Laurel) (Lauraceae)

The Red Fruited Laurels were fruiting magnificently at the Cairns Botanical Gardens and I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps, well, more than a few. Many of the Cryptocaryas appear to have this tri-nerved type leaves. But then again so … Continue reading

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