Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

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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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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