Category Archives: Lifeform – Herbs

Anisomeles malabarica (Lamiaceae)

Members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) feature prominently in the European pharmacopeia, and thus we know of peppermint, spearmint, catnip, melissa, sage, thyme and others. Much less is known about the medicinal properties of species of Lamiaceae in Australia, but … Continue reading

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Nicotiana amplexicaulis (Solanaceae)

It took me a while to realise what this was but after staring at my photo for I while I realized that this was a species of wild tobacco. True to its name, the leaves are amplexicaul, meaning that the … Continue reading

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Cladopus queenslandicus (Podostemaceae)

Plant life is believed to have begun from aquatic origins. As any biology textbook would show, the oldest lineages of land plants (i.e. bryophytes – liverworts, hornworts and mosses) are highly dependent on water for sexual reproduction, and are therefore … Continue reading

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Hyptis suaveolens (Lamiaceae)

This herb, also known commonly as pignut or chan, is a native of tropical regions of Mexico, Central, the West Indies, and South America. It has been widely naturalized in tropical parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. It grows to … Continue reading

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Phytolacca octandra (Phytolaccaceae)

Phytolacca octandra is a very descriptively named soft-stemmed shrub or herb by Linnaeas (Greek: “phyton” meaning plant; Neo-Latin: “lacca” meaning lacquer, alluding to the red dye of the berries). The common name Inkweed is also an allusion to the red … Continue reading

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Piper umbellatum (Piperaceae)

This native pepper species is one of the easiest to identify among the other native peppers. It is more like a weak shrub rather than a vine, and it has the largest heart-shaped leaves which get up to 30 cm … Continue reading

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Stylidium alsinoides (Stylidiaceae)

The range of lifeforms/ecological strategy in the genus Stylidium is quite impressive, given that the genus seems to be constrained to being herbs and most people familiar with Stylidiums will think of them as little rosette herbs with a basal … Continue reading

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