Category Archives: Habitat – Coastal forest

The Magic of the Daintree

The legendary Sir David Attenborough once remarked that one of his favourite places in the world was Far North Queensland, and added further that the Cape Tribulation – Daintree area was among one of the most special places he had … 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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Schefflera actinophylla (Araliaceae)

It was a pleasure to see Schefflera actinophylla, also known as the Queensland umbrella tree, octopus tree and amate, in it’s native habitat in the wet tropical forests Queensland. In it’s native habitat it is often a early successional tree … Continue reading

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Pittosporum ferrugineum (Pittosporaceae)

This widespread and common shrub or tree is known as the Rusty Pittosporum, probably due to the rusty brown tomentum on the leaf underside, that is easy to rub off with the fingers. This character is not always present or … 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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Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae)

The Giant Bramble is one of a few species of brambles related to blackberries and raspberries. True to the reputation of being a bramble, this species is thorny and not fun to go walking through. It is often found growing … Continue reading

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Xanthostemon youngii (Myrtaceae)

I would so love to see this amazingly ornamental species, the aptly naamed Crimson Penda, in its native habitat in the beach forests of Cape York. But I am not complaining at the privilege to encounter this beauty at the … Continue reading

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