Tag Archives: Annonaceae

Meiogyne hirsuta (Annonaceae)

This small rainforest shrub is endemic to the region and when not in flower is probably best recognized it’s longish obovate hairy leaves with very short leaf stalks and bold venation. Like many other members of the Annonaceae family, the … Continue reading

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Mitrephora diversifolia (Annonaceae)

This native tree Mitrephora diversifolia is also known as the flying duck flower (No offence to whomever assigned that name but I can’t see any resemblance), and is one of the more glorious native members of the custard apple family … Continue reading

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Polyalthia nitidissima (Canary Beech) (Annonaceae)

A wonderful tree of coastal forest and rainforest. The leaves are somewhat papery and glossy on the uppersurface. On the undersurface, a distinctive feature may be seen whereby there are brown foveoles (patches of hairs) where the lateral veins meets … Continue reading

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Miliusa brahei (Annonaceae)

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Polyalthia longifolia (False Asoka) (Annonaceae)

The false asoka is a grand tree of Indian origins grown as an ornamental. Interestingly in southeast Asia it is more often grown in cemeteries. The conical form of the false asoka is unmistakable.

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Pseuduvaria mulgraveana var glabrescens (Annonaceae)

Another treasure that was flowering at the Cairns Botanic Gardens was Pseuduvaria mulgraveana var glabrescens. The leaves were smaller than P. froggattii but the flowers were larger and borne on longer stalks in leaf axils. Leaf underside

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Pseuduvaria froggattii (Annonaceae)

Great things are happening at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Gondwana gardens, and for me great things could mean small Annonaceous flowers, such as this one – Pseuduvaria froggattii. It’s an interesting name, with ‘frog’ in it. It’s also endemic to … Continue reading

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