Monthly Archives: February 2015

Cyperus javanicus (Cyperaceae)

A common sedge of wetlands, this species gets over a meter tall. The spikelets of this species are cylindrical.

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Drynaria rigidula (Polypodiaceae)

This epiphytic fern is commonly known as the basket fern and is found widely in the Wet Tropics of Australia. It is also native to the Southeast Asian region. The basket fern is probably the easist member of the genus … Continue reading

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Pittosporum ferrugineum (Pittosporaceae)

This widespread and common shrub or tree is known as the Rusty Pittosporum, probably due to the rusty brown tomentum on the leaf underside, that is easy to rub off with the fingers. This character is not always present or … Continue reading

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Hyptis suaveolens (Lamiaceae)

This herb, also known commonly as pignut or chan, is a native of tropical regions of Mexico, Central, the West Indies, and South America. It has been widely naturalized in tropical parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. It grows to … Continue reading

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Cleistanthus discolor (Phyllanthaceae)

This endemic tree or shrub is not a very well known species. It doesn’t have a common name. It has rather largish leaves up to 20cm. The underside is hairy and look whitish to greyish, dirty glaucous. The petioles are … Continue reading

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Vernicia montana (Euphorbiaceae)

For over a year the identity of this shrub vexed me, even after it flowered, even after it fruited. The strongly raised extrafloral nectaries were quite indicative of a Euphorbiaceae. I wasn’t sure if it was native or not, as … Continue reading

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Syzygium angophoroides (Myrtaceae)

The Swamp Satinash an endemic and is one of the more handsome of the native satinashes (Syzygium spp.), and also one of the more recognizable. It has very regular elliptic opposite leaves borne on twigs that are angular. More distinctively, … Continue reading

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