Category Archives: Lifeform – Trees & Shrubs

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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Manihot esculenta (Euphorbiaceae)

Female flowers Manioc, as this plant is better known, deserves a whole book written on it for its gastronomic virtues. But for now, it is enough to say that this shrub is a gift to the world as it provides … 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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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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Malpighia coccigera (Malpighiaceae)

Is it nice to have an example of a type genus for a plant family to grace the gardens and waysides of Queensland. The genus Malpighia is named in to honor Marcello Malpighia (1628-1693), a distinguished naturalist at Bologna, Italy. … Continue reading

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Aglaia sapindina (Meliaceae)

May the grace of splendour touch your heart when you meet Aglaia. What a nice name Aglaia. The word is derived from greek mythology, where Aglaia (pronounced ə-GLIE-ə)represents beauty or splendour, and is one of the three minor goddesses or … Continue reading

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Archidendron whitei (Fabaceae)

This small and not very well known understorey tree is one of the more interesting and species of Archidendrons. This Far North Queensland endemic has hairy and rather dull green leaflets, which are much smaller in proportions to most of … Continue reading

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