Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hibiscus forsteri (Malvaceae)

Spotting a Hibiscus in the bush seems to be a chance occurrence, but always a pleasant one. In this dry country species, the twigs, petioles and both sides of the leaf are covered with star-shaped (stellate) hairs. The flowers are … Continue reading

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Antirhea tenuiflora (Rubiaceae)

This small understorey tree or shrub is commonly known simply as Antirhea or Guettardella (after the genus it was previously placed under). It has very exquisite leaf venation which can easily be recognized. Allegedly, the leaves of this plant may … Continue reading

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A curtain of death

The Curtain Fig near Yungaburra is one of a number of icon trees of Far North Queensland. Like the Cathedral Fig, the curtain fig is an old indivudual of Ficus virens, and is possibly over 500 years old. Information board … Continue reading

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Gastrolobium grandiflorum (Fabaceae)

This attractive savanna bush is widespread across the northern drier regions of Australia. In Queensland it is known as the Heart-leaf poison bush (Gastrolobium grandiflorum) and in other states as desert poison bush (Central Australia) and wallflower poison bush (Western … Continue reading

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Acacia oraria (Coastal Wattle)

This species of wattle is often found is along the coast and is therefore commonly called the Coastal Wattle. Like many Acacia species, the leaves”” of this species is actually a modified leaf stalk called a phyllode. The phyllodes are … Continue reading

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Thuarea involuta (Poaceae)

It is no exaggeration to say that this grass is a coastal grass par excellence. Kuroiwa Grass is widely distributed along sandy shores from India to Australia and can be readily identified by the seashore habitat, creeping stems which root … Continue reading

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Castanospermum australe (Fabaceae)

A stately Moreton Bay Chestnut at the Queens Garden, Townsville. A truely iconic tree of the Australian tropics and subtropics, the Black Bean or the Moreton Bay Chestnut is found in Australia and New Caledonia and is the only species … Continue reading

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