Monthly Archives: September 2018

Symplocos stawellii (Symplocaceae)

Symplocos is quite non-descript for the non-initiated. Trying to identify Symplocos from among the hundreds of understorey trees may be “simply loco”, but will be consistently pleasing for the stalwart! There are good features to help with seeing this understorey … Continue reading

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Daphnandra repandula (Atherospermataceae)

People who live in North America may be well acquainted with the Sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum), which is a member of the Laurel family. In the southern hemisphere however, the name sassafras is used to refer to a group of … Continue reading

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Anisomeles malabarica (Lamiaceae)

Members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) feature prominently in the European pharmacopeia, and thus we know of peppermint, spearmint, catnip, melissa, sage, thyme and others. Much less is known about the medicinal properties of species of Lamiaceae in Australia, but … Continue reading

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Macaranga tanarius (Euphorbiaceae)

David’s heart! I love this common name for this tree (for obvious reasons). Other common (and very apt) names of this tree include: Parasol leaf tree, Blush Macaranga, Nasturtium tree, and Heart leaf. Macaranga tanarius has large dinner-plate sized leaves (up … Continue reading

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Dictyoneura obtusa (Sapindaceae)

  Not a well-known denizen of north Queensland’s tropical forests. At least not well-known enough to have a common name. In fact, the whole genus of perhaps 2-3 species is proabably not too well-known and deserving of study. This species … Continue reading

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Nicotiana amplexicaulis (Solanaceae)

It took me a while to realise what this was but after staring at my photo for I while I realized that this was a species of wild tobacco. True to its name, the leaves are amplexicaul, meaning that the … Continue reading

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Alphitonia whitei (Rhamnaceae)

This handsome endemic rainforest tree is known commonly Red Ash, although it has no relation to real ashes (Fraxinus). Instead, Alphitonias are related to Jujubes (Ziziphus). The species is also known as Sarsaparilla due to the liniment smell that it … Continue reading

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