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"!

Calanthe triplicata (Orchidaceae)

Dreaming of a white Christmas- The beautiful Christmas Orchid (Calanthe triplicata) gracing the entrance to the Centre for Rainforest Studies, Yungaburra. I came also seemingly marking the start of some good heavy rains. This glorious orchid is unmistakable when in … Continue reading

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Randia tuberculosa (Rubiaceae)

Randia tuberculosa with it’s distinctive longitudinally ribbed fruit, otherwise the spines give it away. Continue reading

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A long absence and a new direction

I have very surprised and rather moved when I came back to my blog page after a long absence to find an increase in subscribers and also a growth in the number of views the blog had received. Because of … Continue reading

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Thaleropia queenslandica (Myrtaceae)

Recently I came upon this tree, Thaleropia queenslandica, which is supposedly restricted to the Atherton Tableland and surrounding mountains. Suppoesedly this is one of the few species of Myrtaceae with stipules (I will look closer next time). Leaves were very … Continue reading

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Notoscyphus lutescens (Acrobolbaceae)

The yellow (luteo meaning “pale yellow”) drinking vessel (“scyphus”) from the south (“noto”)? This is a liverwort of rainforest and is also found in New Zealand and other tropical countries. The leaves are somewhat greenish yellow and under a microscope, … Continue reading

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Pothos longipes (Araceae)

A long yearning? That’s what the name Pothos longipes seems to suggest. In Greek mythology, the character Pothos was part of Aphrodite’s attendants, and carried a vine, indicating a connection to wine or the god Dionysus. And “longipes” denote long-footed. … Continue reading

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Fagraea cambagei (Gentianaceae)

It is hard to believe that trees in the tropics may be related to the diminutive gentians of temperate zone, but there you go – introducing the Porcelain Fruit, the gentian tree of the wet tropics. The Porcelain Fruit is … Continue reading

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