Monthly Archives: August 2011

Deplanchea tetraphylla (Bignoniaceae)

Also known common as the Golden Bouquet Tree or Yellow Pagoda Flower Tree and curiously as the Wallaby Wireless Tree. This tree has been called the Wallaby Wireless Tree because wallabies are allegedly fond of the fallen flowers and the … Continue reading

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Gahnia sieberiana (Cyperaceae)

Male flowers Very tall sedge (sometimes over 2m including the fruiting parts) of wet forest and rainforest edges or gaps. Another related species Gahnia aspera has more compact flowers and fruits. The seeds of this species are supposedly mimetic, meaning … Continue reading

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Scirpodendron ghaeri (Cyperaceae)

Ostensibly one of, if not the largest sedge in the world. Even if not by it’s height, Scirpodendron could easily claim to be among the most robust and ‘beefed up’ of sedges – a true ‘bodybuilder’ of the ‘sedgeacious’ lineage. … Continue reading

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Sarcopteryx reticulatus (Sapindaceae)

This Sapindaceae tree with pinnate leaves with long leaflet stalks gives this species a rather distinctive look once known. The leaflets are also hairy. More on this when I get more photos and find out more.

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Vitex trifolia (Lamiaceae)

This attractive shrub is very widespread throughout tropical Africa and southeast Asia and also here in Far North Queensland. It is frequently encountered among the coastal strandline vegetation. The pale hairy trifoliate leaves combined with the coastal habit should sufficiently … Continue reading

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Vandasina retusa (Fabaceae)

A glorious vine when in full flower, this peaflower can be readily recognized even when not in flower by the retuse leaflet apex. It would certainly be worth trying to cultivate this wonderful native as an ornamental for trellises or … Continue reading

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Hydrocotyle pedicellosa (Araliaceae)

This is a scrambling rainforest herb which in my experience is probably the largest Hydrocotyle ever. The leaves are up to about 10cm wide. More on this when I get more pics.

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Phebalium squamulosum (Rutaceae)

The full name of this shrub is Phebalium squamulosum subsp. longifolium and around here it is commonly known as Phebalium. This species is one of those that we typically find in the so-called wet sclerophyll forests of FNQ, but it … Continue reading

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Pteris ensiformis (Pteridaceae)

A slender terrestrial fern of both wet and dry areas, this fern can readily be identified by the very thin pinnae (leaflet segments). It is commonly known as the Slender Brake Fern. In wetter areas the pinnae can be wider … Continue reading

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Rubus queenslandicus (Rosaceae)

Very prickly bramble of open areas and rainforest and as with the other brambles, the fruit is edible, albeit not extremely delicious. The leaves are pinnate with a terminal leaflets and the leaf rachis is set with recurved hooked spines … Continue reading

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