Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tinospora smilacina (Menispermaceae)

An endemic rainforest vine from the Moonseed family, Tinospora smilacina has heart-shaped leaves which are glaucous underneath. Developing fruit which will ripen red Advertisements

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Lenbrassia australiana (Lenbrassia)

This endemic rainforest shrub/small tree with attractive yellow flowers is restricted in distribution to a few localities in Mt Spurgeon/Mt Lewis and Tully. For what is presumably a mechanically dispersed species, the huge gap in distribution is rather curious. Featured … Continue reading

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Boea hygroscopica (Gesneriaceae)

Colony forming habit on rocks in rainforest FNQ’s answer to the ‘African Violet’, this rainforest herb, commonly known as the rock violet, would certainly be a fabulous ornamental substitute. When younger I learnt that you could propagate African Violets by … Continue reading

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Cissus hypoglauca (Vitaceae)

Leaf undersides A rather attractive and vigorous climber of rainforest, this grape relative is among one of the more distinctive of native grape-vines, with their palmately arranged 5-leaflets with very clearly glaucous undersides. More on this when I see flowers … Continue reading

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Antrophyllum callifolium (Vittariaceae)

A small fern on rocks in wet rainforest streams or waterfalls. The somewhat elongated obovate fronds has led to this species being known as the Ox-tongue fern. The spore arrangement is distinctive, with streaks of sori on the frond underside.

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Ventilago ecorollata (Rhamnaceae)

Saw this vine with relatively small leaves (less than 10cm long) in a little ranforest patch at Tinaroo and my instant impression of it was that of the Antarctic Beech, Nothofagus moorei. But of course, Nothofagus does not occur as … Continue reading

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Pleuranthodium racemigerum (Zingiberaceae)

This ginger is immediately recognizable by the bright orange fruit cluster than hangs downwards. Otherwise, I think I would be hard pressed to tell it apart from the common Alpinia caerulea. More pictures when I see flowers.

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