Author Archives: David Tng

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"!

Dryopteris wattsii (Dryopteridaceae)

A young specimen of Dryopteris wattsii in the Cairns Botanical Gardens. As it can easily be guessed, the Wet Tropics of Australia is a prime spot for ferns in Australia. Although much can be said in praise of the luxuriousness … Continue reading

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Searching for truth beneath bark

The famed Australian poetess Judith Wright wrote in her poem The Forest: “When first I knew this forest its flowers were strange… …time was to spend and time’s renewing harvest could never reach an end Now that its vines and … Continue reading

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Vegetation of a piece of Australia’s prime rainforest

Having started this blog almost 6 years ago and spending some years learning the flora of the region, I have had the great previlege to examine closer, in a scientific way, the flora of a patch of Australia’s prime rainforest estate. … Continue reading

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Carpentaria acuminata (Arecaceae)

Carpentaria acuminata (Carpentaria Palm) is the sole species in the genus Carpentaria, which is native to tropical coastal regions in the north of Northern Territory, Australia. Due to it’s attractive form and red fruits, it is widely grown in Cairns … Continue reading

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Clerodendrum splendens (Lamiaceae)

Commonly by various names such as the Flaming Glorybower, this vigorous vine, native to tropical Africa, is grown for its showy and ornamental red blossoms. Beautiful these flowers are! – brilliant bright red, very showy, and borne in terminal clusters. … Continue reading

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Loropetalum chinense (Hamamelidaceae)

Loropetalum chinense, known commonly as the Chinese fringe flower, is a ornamental species of the witch hazel family, grown as a hedge plant in certain places around Cairns and the Tablelands.

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Cladopus queenslandicus (Podostemaceae)

Plant life is believed to have begun from aquatic origins. As any biology textbook would show, the oldest lineages of land plants (i.e. bryophytes – liverworts, hornworts and mosses) are highly dependent on water for sexual reproduction, and are therefore … Continue reading

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