Category Archives: Endemics

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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Cyrtandra baileyi (Gesneriaceae)

In wet places in the Australian rainforest dwells Cyrtandra baileyi, a delicate relative of the African violet. This shrub which appears to be restricted to permanently wet places in rainforest, is endemic to the region and was first collected by … Continue reading

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Irvingbaileya australis (Stemonuraceae)

It is no surprise that the tropics harbour some of the weirdest looking fruits on the planet, and based on this criterion, this obscured small endemic rainforest tree or shrub, Irvingbaileya australis, in the Far North Queensland Wet Tropics must … Continue reading

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Prumnopitys ladei (Podocarpaceae)

Few would think of Australia as a land of conifers, because of the aridity of the landscape. But conifers like Prumnopitys ladei is a testimony to the importance of Australian rainforest as a living museum of conifers. P. ladei is … Continue reading

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Meiogyne hirsuta (Annonaceae)

This small rainforest shrub is endemic to the region and when not in flower is probably best recognized it’s longish obovate hairy leaves with very short leaf stalks and bold venation. Like many other members of the Annonaceae family, the … Continue reading

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Hollandaea sayeriana (Proteaceae)

This beautiful small tree commonly known as Sayer’s Silky Oak flowers as a shrub a few meters tall. It is easily recognized by it’s smooth and rather large (up to ~20cm) obovate leaves with toothed margins. Flowers are purple and … Continue reading

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Cleistanthus discolor (Phyllanthaceae)

This endemic tree or shrub is not a very well known species. It doesn’t have a common name. It has rather largish leaves up to 20cm. The underside is hairy and look whitish to greyish, dirty glaucous. The petioles are … Continue reading

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