Category Archives: Habitat – Rain forest

Geodorum densiflorum (Orchidaceae)

Orchids are always a delight. As a botanist with a bit of a history with orchids (I once interned at an Orchid cultivating laboratory), I have a soft spot for orchids. While cultivated orchid varieties are always glamorous, I have … Continue reading

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Balanops australiana (Balanopaceae)

I was having a jog through the woods and noticed a bunch of twigs of an unfamiliar plant that had been brought down either by wind or breakage by birds. I will admit it. This species took me quite a … Continue reading

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Plectorrhiza brevilabris (Orchidaceae)

  Dainty epiphyte on the fine twigs of an Acacia tree. I didn’t expect to see such treasures in a secondary regrowth forest but it is telling that such forests do have good conservation value and provide refuge for uncommon … Continue reading

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Calanthe triplicata (Orchidaceae)

Dreaming of a white Christmas- The beautiful Christmas Orchid (Calanthe triplicata) gracing the entrance to the Centre for Rainforest Studies, Yungaburra. I came also seemingly marking the start of some good heavy rains. This glorious orchid is unmistakable when in … Continue reading

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Randia tuberculosa (Rubiaceae)

Randia tuberculosa with it’s distinctive longitudinally ribbed fruit, otherwise the spines give it away. Continue reading

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Thaleropia queenslandica (Myrtaceae)

Recently I came upon this tree, Thaleropia queenslandica, which is supposedly restricted to the Atherton Tableland and surrounding mountains. Suppoesedly this is one of the few species of Myrtaceae with stipules (I will look closer next time). Leaves were very … Continue reading

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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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Fagraea cambagei (Gentianaceae)

It is hard to believe that trees in the tropics may be related to the diminutive gentians of temperate zone, but there you go – introducing the Porcelain Fruit, the gentian tree of the wet tropics. The Porcelain Fruit is … 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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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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