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"!

Aglaia sapindina (Meliaceae)

May the grace of splendour touch your heart when you meet Aglaia. What a nice name Aglaia. The word is derived from greek mythology, where Aglaia (pronounced ə-GLIE-ə)represents beauty or splendour, and is one of the three minor goddesses or … Continue reading

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Archidendron whitei (Fabaceae)

This small and not very well known understorey tree is one of the more interesting and species of Archidendrons. This Far North Queensland endemic has hairy and rather dull green leaflets, which are much smaller in proportions to most of … Continue reading

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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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