Category Archives: Iconic Plants

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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Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Elaeocarpaceae)

The most famous Elaeocarpus species in the region is the Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). The Blue Quandong is a culturally significant plant, because it is used as Bush food by indigenous Australians, and also the hard seeds are used as … Continue reading

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A curtain of death

The Curtain Fig near Yungaburra is one of a number of icon trees of Far North Queensland. Like the Cathedral Fig, the curtain fig is an old indivudual of Ficus virens, and is possibly over 500 years old. Information board … Continue reading

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Paying respects at the cathedral

A information board on the cathedral fig All visitors to Far North Queensland should pay their respects to the cathedral fig. This magnificent tree is a cultural icon and is believed to be at least 500 years young. It is … Continue reading

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Idiospermum australiense (Calycanthaceae)

I feel most privileged to have been personally introduced to this iconic Far North Queensland tree at Coopers Creek by one who has worked personally with the species – Stuart Worboys. The uniquely four-pronged cotyledons of this plant is a … Continue reading

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Noahdendron nicholasii (Hamamelidaceae)

Just about everyone has heard of Witch hazels, which are trees from the genus Hamamelis, but few would have guessed that the humid tropics of North Queensland dwell the cousins of the witch hazel. And the Witch Hazel’s most famous … Continue reading

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Normanbya normanbyi (Arecaceae)

Also known as the Black Palm, this palm is an iconic palm tree of Far North Queensland. As palms go, this palm has a very unique frond type found in very few palms – the leaflets are arranged spirally around … Continue reading

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