Callerya pilipes (Fabaceae)

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Aptly named the Northern Wisteria, it’s delightful seeing one of these vines in flower. Such a deep pink with a brilliant heart.

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Having lived in Tasmania for almost a decade, I can appreciate the flushes of purple conferred by Wisterias that graces her cool temperate gardens.

In my vision for the tropics, the same extravagance of ‘purpleosity’ is highly achievable… once C. pilipes be cultivated more.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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4 Responses to Callerya pilipes (Fabaceae)

  1. Nelda B Ikenberry says:

    Oh! How beautiful! is it fragrant, too? Neat photos! NBI

  2. Nelda and Gilford Ikenberry says:

    Hi, I have been enjoying the recent posts, and I have searched your photos for a couple that you may not have.  We’ll ask and see what you say.  For my book of the life of Mary Strong Clemens who collected in the Mt. Fox, Tully, N. Mission Beach in 1949-January 1950.  There are MANY plants she mentions that interest me and I am wondering if you have a set of photos for either of those two areas. Two she seemed most happy to find were: at Mt. Fox, what her hostess called The smallest fern in the world.  It would seem she might have been referring to Azolla filculoides, which is a water fern.  Do you think that might have been the case, or is there another fern that might have been smallest fern in the world?  She gives such few clues. The second was the Candlenut/Bush Tucker shrub-tree, Aleurites moluccana.  Do you have a photo of that?  That was also at Mt. Fox. It would be nice to hear from you, hoping you are well and enjoying your research!  We were in northern Queensland researching Mary’s travels in 1997, but we failed to drive out to Mt. Fox, alas.  You are fortunate to be able to do this so well.  Your photos are great.  Does your friend Dave Kimball have these photos to your knowledge? Thank you for your interest. Nelda B. Ikenberry

    • David Tng says:

      Hi Nelda,

      Sorry for the late response. I haven’t actually been to Mt Fox, but I have been to Tully once or twice on a very short trip and sadly I don;t have much photos of that area. And if Tully was where Mary collected, she might have found Aleurite rockinghamensis instead of A. moluccana. The small fern she mentioned might have been some kind of Filmy fern (a member of the Hymenophyllaceae), which can be extremely small.

      I don’t actually know Dave Kimbell (I suppose you mean the gentleman who set up the website on Mission Beach) but it wouldn’t hurt to contact him I guess.

      Hope you have a nice day!

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