Monthly Archives: March 2014

Backhousia enata (Myrtaceae)

This beautiful endemic Backhousia looks seems to be distinguished by the hairy leaves, stems and especially the large sepals relative to petals.

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Xanthostemon youngii (Myrtaceae)

I would so love to see this amazingly ornamental species, the aptly naamed Crimson Penda, in its native habitat in the beach forests of Cape York. But I am not complaining at the privilege to encounter this beauty at the … Continue reading

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Syzygium kuranda (Myrtaceae)

Probably few people actually know that this beautifully named endemic species, the Kuranda Satinash, is planted along some streets in the jungle village of Kuranda – the place it is named after. I am still learning about this tree, but … Continue reading

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Xanthostemon whitei (Myrtaceae)

I am sad to say that I haven’t yet seen flowers for this rather discreet rainforest tree, the Red Penda, but from what I can see from the photos available online, the flowers of this species are no less spectacular … Continue reading

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Syzygium xerampelinum (Myrtaceae)

I am still trying to wrap my head around what distinguishes this endemic species, the Mulgrave Satinash. I find that it looks like a small Syzygium tierneyanum. Will update this.

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Syzygium graveolens (Myrtaceae)

Also called the Cassowary Satinash, this is a medium sized tree with dark dull orangey bark. The sapling leaves are very long (up to over 20cm) and lance-like. Leaves in the canopy are smaller but have the same shape. More … Continue reading

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Syzygium johnsonii (Myrtaceae)

Relatively common in upland rainforest in the Tablelands, the Johnson’s Satinash has leaves that are leathery textured, and conspicuously paler green and shiny underneath. Leaves are elliptic but sometimes appear a bit obovate as well, and the secondary veins are … Continue reading

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Cedars of a mangrove

Mangroves can be a challenge to know. But it is a fun challenge to look at them closely and get to love their subtle differences. For years I have been vexed by how to tell the two common Cedar Mangroves … Continue reading

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Jagera pseudorhus (Sapindaceae)

This is the well-known foambark tree famed for the saponin foam that forms on the bark after heavy rain. It is usually found in lowland areas in coastal rain forest but can also be seen in upland rain forest. The … Continue reading

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Neolamarckia cadamba (Rubiaceae)

Behold the blossoming of Neolamarckism…oops I mean Neolamarckia. But the genus name does truly honour the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, whose theories have set the tone for thinking in evolutionary biology to the present day. Just finished flowering… Neolamarckia cadamba … Continue reading

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