Monthly Archives: October 2011

About the scales

It might be noticed that some of the images in this blog features a small black square while in others a ‘golden’ coin as a scale. It is strange that given my training the the field of science I have … Continue reading

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Argophyllum lejourdanii (Argophyllaceae)

An aptly named genus for a plant, placed in an aptly named family. Both the name of the genus and family allude to the silvery leaves, in particular, the leaf undersides. Combined with the very bold venation, which can readily … Continue reading

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Cayratia japonica (Vitaceae)

A native rainforest grapevine with a dark reputation. It is called the Bushkiller. I must confess that all the times I have seen it, which would be in Wet eucalypt forest, I never got any impression that this grapevine would … Continue reading

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Stylidium tenerum (Stylidiaceae)

Tiny triggerplants never fail to fascinate me. I have seen some diminutive triggerplants in Tasmania but small as they may be, they incite big excitement. This little plant which I believe is Stylidium tenerum was scarcely 5 cm tall with … Continue reading

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Idiospermum australiense (Calycanthaceae)

I feel most privileged to have been personally introduced to this iconic Far North Queensland tree at Coopers Creek by one who has worked personally with the species – Stuart Worboys. The uniquely four-pronged cotyledons of this plant is a … Continue reading

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Sophora tomentosa (Fabaceae)

This attractive shrub is known as the Silver Bush or even more aptly as the Sea-coast Laburnum. The seed pods are most distinctive and constricted between the seeds. In Asia, the roots and seeds of this plant is used medicinally. … Continue reading

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Psychotria sp. Danbulla (Rubiaceae)

This endemic rainforest shrub is not yet formally named. The interpetiolar stipules of this species are distinctively bilobed and then each lobe is further forked. I found a specimen of this in the rainforest of Mt Baldy. More on this … Continue reading

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