Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

Carpentaria acuminata (Arecaceae)

Carpentaria acuminata (Carpentaria Palm) is the sole species in the genus Carpentaria, which is native to tropical coastal regions in the north of Northern Territory, Australia. Due to it’s attractive form and red fruits, it is widely grown in Cairns … Continue reading

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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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Loropetalum chinense (Hamamelidaceae)

Loropetalum chinense, known commonly as the Chinese fringe flower, is a ornamental species of the witch hazel family, grown as a hedge plant in certain places around Cairns and the Tablelands.

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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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Hollandaea sayeriana (Proteaceae)

This beautiful small tree commonly known as Sayer’s Silky Oak flowers as a shrub a few meters tall. It is easily recognized by it’s smooth and rather large (up to ~20cm) obovate leaves with toothed margins. Flowers are purple and … Continue reading

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Vernicia montana (Euphorbiaceae)

For over a year the identity of this shrub vexed me, even after it flowered, even after it fruited. The strongly raised extrafloral nectaries were quite indicative of a Euphorbiaceae. I wasn’t sure if it was native or not, as … Continue reading

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Pittosporum rubiginosum (Pittosporaceae)

The Hairy Red Pittosporum is an endemic shrub that occurs in the dark shade of the rainforest understorey. I have hardly seen this species grow taller than 2-3m tall. The leaves are soft textured, hairy, largish (although very small ones … Continue reading

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