Category Archives: Endemics

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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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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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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Alphitonia whitei (Rhamnaceae)

This handsome endemic rainforest tree is known commonly Red Ash, although it has no relation to real ashes (Fraxinus). Instead, Alphitonias are related to Jujubes (Ziziphus). The species is also known as Sarsaparilla due to the liniment smell that it … Continue reading

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Gevuina bleasdalei (Proteaceae)

Australian botanists have their lingo for members of the Proteaceae. They call them Prots. Prots are not easy to identify and any botanist who finds them easy group is either an incarnated Prot, or simply a genius. (Well…this is a … Continue reading

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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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