Monthly Archives: December 2010

Glochidion benthamianum (Phyllanthaceae)

A native shrub of coastal forest. This species is among the smaller of the Glochidions. The leaves are around 5cm long and have a glaucous underside. The veins and midrib on the leaf underside are covered with fine hairs, as … Continue reading

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Hypserpa laurina (Laurel-leafed Hypserpa) (Menispermaceae)

A common vine of rainforest. The fruits are conspicuously bright red. Flowers closeup

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Ichnocarpus frutescens (Apocynaceae)

This native creeper of rainforest and coastal forest is a known medicinal plant in Indian medicine. The plant has been used as a treatment for a whole range of ailments including atrophy, bleeding gums, cough, dysentery, cancer, skin infections, diabetes … Continue reading

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Chamaecrista rotundifolia (Roundleaf Sensitive Pea) (Fabaceae)

Urban fields of FNQ are crawling with this pretty non-native legume herb. The bi-lobed leaves are very characteristic and plants are prostrate. Flower closeup

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Semecarpus australiensis (Australian Cashew Nut) (Anacardiaceae)

Australia’s answer to the Brazilian cashew nut! In tropical rainforest regions of Australia, the Australian Cashew Nut is a food resource, but as with it’s Brazilian counterparts, the nuts require special preparation. Aborigines obviously took effort and care to obtain … Continue reading

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Aegiceras corniculatum (River Mangrove) (Myrsinaceae)

Flowers occurring in a cluster A common mangrove. The flowers occur in clusters and the resulting fruits look like bean pods. Descriptively, this plant is called Kacang Kacang (Kacang means bean) in Malaysia. Fruits

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Scaevola taccada (Sea Lettuce) (Goodeniaceae)

An unmistakable plant of the strand line, this vibrant and often dense shrub is a characteristic component of seashores in Southeast Asia and here and is easily recognized by its light green spathulate leaves and ‘half’ or ‘fan’ flowers. The … Continue reading

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Osbornia octodonta (Myrtle Mangrove) (Myrtaceae)

This is a very distinctive mangrove tree and while it can be confused with Lumnitzera when sterile, it can readily be told apart from that species by crushing the leaves and smelling the wonderful tea-tree scented oil that is released. … Continue reading

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Ceriops australis (Rhizophoraceae)

Hypocotyls developing from the fruits. The hypocotyls are unridged unlike C. tagal. Ceriops australis is a common mangrove, more typically at the rear side of the mangrove where the strength of the tide has been much reduced by other mangrove … Continue reading

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Gloriosa superba (Glory Lily) (Colchicaceae)

Little needs to be said of this famous ornamental non-native climber.

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