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"!

Syzygium claviflorum (Myrtaceae)

Time to blow the trumpets of Syzygium claviflorum. This species is a common understorey tree of lowland to upland rainforest in the Far North Queensland region, and makes for a good street tree. The young cream colored flowerbuds have a … Continue reading

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Archidendron hirsutum (Fabaceae)

Well, as the name suggests, it’s quite hairy. All parts of the leaves and leaflet undersides are brown hairy. This species is an endemic of the Cape York Peninsular. Thus the common name Cape Laceflower. I haven’t had the pleasure … Continue reading

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Erycibe coccinea (Convolvulaceae)

“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books”. I agree with Walt Whitman. But you ain’t gona find no Erycibe ever at your windowsill. Erycibe is no ordinary morning glory. If you did not already … Continue reading

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Malpighia coccigera (Malpighiaceae)

Is it nice to have an example of a type genus for a plant family to grace the gardens and waysides of Queensland. The genus Malpighia is named in to honor Marcello Malpighia (1628-1693), a distinguished naturalist at Bologna, Italy. … Continue reading

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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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