Category Archives: Medicinal Plants

Clerodendrum splendens (Lamiaceae)

Commonly by various names such as the Flaming Glorybower, this vigorous vine, native to tropical Africa, is grown for its showy and ornamental red blossoms. Beautiful these flowers are! – brilliant bright red, very showy, and borne in terminal clusters. … Continue reading

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Allophyllus cobbe (Sapindaceae)

Meet “Allo the old cobber” – or at least what I imagine this familiar fella should be known as in Australia. Known to science since 1779, this shrub of mangroves and coastal regions is a well known and variable entity … 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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Eriobotrya japonica (Rosaceae)

The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a tree from the Rose family, native to south-central China. It is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown in private gardens as an ornamental with sweet smelling flowers, and probably for its edible … Continue reading

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Ficus hispida (Moraceae)

A rather interesting and very widespread tropical fig is often found beside creeks. This fig is cauliflorus, meaning it bears fruits on the trunks. In this species, the figs are somewhat hairy and ripen yellow. This species has an impressive … Continue reading

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Ficus obliqua (Moraceae)

The common name of this attractive and elegant fig, the Small leaved fig is not really accurate and pretty uninformative for getting to know it. Figs are in a class of their own, and it is not difficult to tune … Continue reading

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Leucas lavandulifolia (Lamiaceae)

Just about everywhere along the roadsides beside canefields in Cairns we may encounter this beautiful exotic herb, commonly known as Leucas. Leucas occurs in wasteland environments in India to China and some parts of Southeast Asia. Most unfortunately, few people … Continue reading

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