Category Archives: Edible plants

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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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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Elaeo-enchanted – exploring the exquisite Elaeocarpus

It is well-known that the rainforest flora of the Australian tropics has a strong South East Asian element. Various genera of laurels (Lauraceae), mahoganies (Meliaceae), tuckeroos (Sapindaceae) all appear to have origins in Southeast Asia and migrated into Australian from … Continue reading

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Allophyllus cobbe (Sapindaceae)

Meet “Allo the old cobber” – or at least what I imagine this familiar fella should be known as in Australia. Known to science since 1779, this shrub of mangroves and coastal regions is a well known and variable entity … Continue reading

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Syzygium angophoroides (Myrtaceae)

The Swamp Satinash an endemic and is one of the more handsome of the native satinashes (Syzygium spp.), and also one of the more recognizable. It has very regular elliptic opposite leaves borne on twigs that are angular. More distinctively, … Continue reading

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Eriobotrya japonica (Rosaceae)

The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a tree from the Rose family, native to south-central China. It is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown in private gardens as an ornamental with sweet smelling flowers, and probably for its edible … Continue reading

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Syzygium jambos (Myrtaceae)

The Rose Apple is planted quite frequently in urban areas, but comparatively few people know that it is delicious. It’s called the Rose Apple for a good reason – the flesh has a rosy flavour.

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