Category Archives: Lifeform – Epiphytes

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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Oberonia rimachila (Orchidaceae)

One of the common Oberonia orchids in the region, I found this growing on a tree within the CSIRO arboretum – a good sign that native orchids do come and make their home on cultivated trees. Or perhaps we should … 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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Drynaria rigidula (Polypodiaceae)

This epiphytic fern is commonly known as the basket fern and is found widely in the Wet Tropics of Australia. It is also native to the Southeast Asian region. The basket fern is probably the easist member of the genus … Continue reading

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Dendrobium crumenatum (Orchidaceae)

There are fragrances that cannot be bottled, and that emitted by the Pigeon Orchid is one of them.

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Blepharochilum macphersonii (Orchidaceae)

Small but common orchid in Eucalyptus grandis forest and rain forest. Previously Bulbophyllum macphersonii.

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Didymoglossum tahitense (Hymenophyllaceae)

Filmy ferns, or ferns belonging to the family Hymenophyllaceae, are an interesting group of plants. They are among some of the earliest lineages of ferns, but at the same time, they has a very simple structure, as far as ferns … Continue reading

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