Monthly Archives: June 2013

Agonies over mahoganies? – Notes for learning the mahoganies with no fruits or flowers

The Aglaias, mahoganies and their relatives (trees of the Meliaceae family) are a good interesting group to try getting your head around once you have been looking at tropical plants for a while. In North Queensland, this group of trees … Continue reading

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Elaeocarpus foveolatus (Elaeocarpaceae)

In my opinion, Elaeocarpus foveolatus is one of the most beautiful Quandongs or Elaeocarps I know of, and probably also the most distinctive, but perhaps only because I have seen a lot of it in one place in the highlands … Continue reading

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Stylidium alsinoides (Stylidiaceae)

The range of lifeforms/ecological strategy in the genus Stylidium is quite impressive, given that the genus seems to be constrained to being herbs and most people familiar with Stylidiums will think of them as little rosette herbs with a basal … Continue reading

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Aceratium megalospermum (Elaeocarpaceae)

Aceratium is probably one of the most striking genus of plants of the Australian tropics. I don’t have much to back myself up other than my own biases, but seeing Aceratium always makes me happy! Maybe it is the name, … Continue reading

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Cooper Creek botanizing

People who study fossils have a term, Lagerstätte (pronounced something like “lar-gus-tan”) for a place or site where they find extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation, often in large numbers. Plant biogeographers and botanists who study the living flora should have … Continue reading

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Apostasia wallichii (Orchidaceae)

Apostasia is derived from the Greek apostasia, meaning “separation or divorce”, in allusion to the distinct floral features which distinguish from most other orchids. I learnt about this orchid genus a long time ago, and way back then, it was … Continue reading

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Amphineuron terminans (Thelypteridaceae)

The pleasures of knowing a new fern is difficult to explain to anyone who only has an eye for flowering plants, but having the chance to explore the subtleties of ferns brings an exhilaration that is of a very different … Continue reading

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Entada rheedii (Fabaceae)

The matchbox bean is well known for their seeds which are used by aborigines and artists for seed jewellery. These seeds are true seafarers like the Nickernut (Caesalpinia bonduc) and are often washed up the shore where they germinate and … Continue reading

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Microlepia speluncae (Dennstaedtiaceae)

Among ferns I have many favourites, and Microlepia speluncae is among one of them. Even the name sounds nice. It’s got a certain roll on the tongue. In some places this is called the Limpleaf fern, and aptly so. This … Continue reading

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Hedraianthera porphyropetala (Celastraceae)

I was pretty confused about this rainforest shrub/tree for a while until I was told this is Hedraianthera porphyropetala. Quite a mouthful of a botanical name. In many respects this tree or shrub looks like a species of Glochidion from … Continue reading

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