Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nypa fruticans (Arecaceae)

A book should be written about the Nipa palm. By way of palms, it is unique, and placed in a subfamily of it’s own. Although it is not instantly obviously, subterraneanly the Nipa palm exhibits dichotomous branching – itself a … Continue reading

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Marattia oreades (Marattiaceae)

King Ferns are recognizable anywhere. They are always or almost always in rainforest, have gigantic huge fronds (yes, the whole frond you see above is one leaf), which is not quite as dissected as most other tree ferns (Cyathea, Dicksonia … Continue reading

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Centranthera cochinchinensis (Orobanchaceae)

The harzards and mutability of botanical nomenclature are exemplified by this little poorly known herb. The genus Centranthera was also given to an orchid, which is now known as Pleurothallis. And then also, the genus Centrantherum (rather than Centranthera) is … Continue reading

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Dichostemon malvaceus (Sapindaceae)

This rather dull looking small shrub of open woodland is not the most frequently encountered of shrubs. It is a relative of the well known Hop Bushes (Dodonaea spp.) and is yet another example of a member of the Sapindaceae … Continue reading

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Archontophoenix alexandrae (Arecaceae)

The Alexander Palm is probably one of Australia’s most well known palm contribution to tropical horticulture! The Alexander Palm is widely planted in the tropics as an ornamental probably for it’s neat and attractive foliage. The undersides of the leaflets … Continue reading

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Mallotus polyadenos (Euphorbiaceae)

This shrub to small tree of rainforest is commonly known as the Kamala, or the Green Kamala (Kamala is an an Indian name for Lotus). This species does not have the typical gestalt of a Mallotus (relative to the much … Continue reading

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Heritiera littoralis (Malvaceae)

This wonderfully foliaged mangrove plant is called the Looking glass tree, for reason I have not actually figured out. It is very easily recognized by the context of it’s mangrove habitat and the silvery scales coat the leaf underside. The … Continue reading

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