Category Archives: Learning Plants

Elaeo-enchanted – exploring the exquisite Elaeocarpus

It is well-known that the rainforest flora of the Australian tropics has a strong South East Asian element. Various genera of laurels (Lauraceae), mahoganies (Meliaceae), tuckeroos (Sapindaceae) all appear to have origins in Southeast Asia and migrated into Australian from … Continue reading

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Savoring the Sapindacean Symphony

Sapindaceans. Or so I feel they deserve to be called. Many know them as the family of plants, the Sapindaceae, that gives us rambutans, lychees, longans, ackees, tamarinds, tuckeroos. What would tropical rainforest be without them. They may not be the tallest … Continue reading

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Sizing up the Syzygiums

A wander through the tropical forests of North Queensland, and for that matter any tropical forest in the Southeast Asian and Pacific region, would be so much more richer an experience if one could recognize or at least tell between … Continue reading

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Cedars of a mangrove

Mangroves can be a challenge to know. But it is a fun challenge to look at them closely and get to love their subtle differences. For years I have been vexed by how to tell the two common Cedar Mangroves … Continue reading

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Agonies over mahoganies? – Notes for learning the mahoganies with no fruits or flowers

The Aglaias, mahoganies and their relatives (trees of the Meliaceae family) are a good interesting group to try getting your head around once you have been looking at tropical plants for a while. In North Queensland, this group of trees … Continue reading

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