Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ficus hispida (Moraceae)

A rather interesting and very widespread tropical fig is often found beside creeks. This fig is cauliflorus, meaning it bears fruits on the trunks. In this species, the figs are somewhat hairy and ripen yellow. This species has an impressive … Continue reading

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Ficus copiosa (Moraceae)

A fig tree with rather large leaves which have sandpapery surfaces. I have heard some strange stories that while this fig is edible, they are not eaten in the lowlands. Stipules

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Elaeocarpus bancroftii (Elaeocarpaceae)

The Kuranda Quandong gets to become an impressive tree, but doesn’t appear to grow anywhere as fast as it’s famous cousin the Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). However, the flowers of the Kuranda Quandong are large and showy, matched perhaps only … Continue reading

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Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Elaeocarpaceae)

Bush tucker in a bowl. I’ve tried Blue Quandongs on many occassions and I am convinced it’s an acquired taste. I have not totally acquired it yet, but the sourness and mild sweetness may appeal to some.

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Elaeocarpus eumundi (Elaeocarpaceae)

Very ornamental species of native Quandong with small-ish fruits.

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Croton insularis (Euphorbiaceae)

A very attractive tree because of the leaves with covered with silvery scales, particularly on the underside. Like it’s relative Croton triacros, this species is a successional species. Another distinctive feature of the species is the two protuberances or glands … Continue reading

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Laccospadix australasicus (Arecaceae)

A beautiful endemic undersotrey palm of wet mountain forests, one of the common names for this palm is the Mountain Mist Palm, inciting visions of the elegant silhouette against the dense evening mountain fog of upland rain forests. The red … Continue reading

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