Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

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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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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Macaranga tanarius (Euphorbiaceae)

David’s heart! I love this common name for this tree (for obvious reasons). Other common (and very apt) names of this tree include: Parasol leaf tree, Blush Macaranga, Nasturtium tree, and Heart leaf. Macaranga tanarius has large dinner-plate sized leaves (up … Continue reading

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Melicope elleryana (Rutaceae)

(Anyone who has taken a good whiff of the fresh wood, let me know) Common but attractive, Melicope elleryana is a fast-growing tree that are often seen in regrowth forest, but is also not uncommon in mature ones. It appears … Continue reading

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Bonanza of Brachychiton Blossoms

It was some 6 years ago. I believe it was Gary Sankowsky, inimitable botanist and gardener, who brought into the Cairns herbarium a collection of different Brachychiton flowers. He shared it with those who had the fortune to be in … Continue reading

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