Saccharum (Poaceae)

Saccharum spp (Sugarcane)

The modern landscape of Cairns and the entire Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is inextricably associated with the graceful fields of sugarcane (Saccharum species, eg. S. officinalis and varieties). If Cairns were to have a poll for a non-native plant emblem, the sugarcane would undoubtedly be the top contender. This blog would therefore be incomplete without a picture of sugarcane! And O a sweet sight the canefields confers to the landscape of Cairns and Far North Queensland as a whole, particularly when the flowers are in the purple phase. Entire fields of shimmering flower stalks. Few sights are as sublime.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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