Monthly Archives: November 2010

Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech) (Annonaceae)

A wonderful tree of coastal forest and rainforest. The leaves are somewhat papery and glossy on the uppersurface. On the undersurface, a distinctive feature may be seen whereby there are brown foveoles (patches of hairs) where the lateral veins meets … Continue reading

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Ardisia crenata (Coralberry) (Myrsinaceae)

An ornamental non-native shrub which frequents the understorey of FNQ’s rainforest. Closeup of flowers

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Grewia retusifolia (Dysentery Bush) (Malvaceae)

A shrub of savanna. Fruits edible.

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Lophanthera lactescens (Golden Chain Tree) (Malpighiaceae)

An attractive non-native ornamental tree with pendent inflorescences and bright yellow flowers.

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Agathis microstachya (Bull Kauri) (Araucariaceae)

The Bull Kauri, specifically the two famous specimens at Lake Barrine are probably the largest conifers in Australia. It is hard to distinguish the three Australian Kauris by leaf. Bark is by far the best feature. The bark of the … Continue reading

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Scoparia dulcis (Sweetbroom) (Plantaginaceae)

A common non-native herb with small attractive flowers. Plants are almost always observed flowering and are therefore easily identified. The flowers are white and have distinctive thread-like appendages. There are many references online of the medical uses of the sweetbroom, … Continue reading

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Pyrrosia rupestris (Rock Felt Fern) (Polypodiaceae)

Details of sori on frond underside

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