Tag Archives: Daintree

Searching for truth beneath bark

The famed Australian poetess Judith Wright wrote in her poem The Forest: “When first I knew this forest its flowers were strange… …time was to spend and time’s renewing harvest could never reach an end Now that its vines and … Continue reading

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Vegetation of a piece of Australia’s prime rainforest

Having started this blog almost 6 years ago and spending some years learning the flora of the region, I have had the great previlege to examine closer, in a scientific way, the flora of a patch of Australia’s prime rainforest estate. … Continue reading

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Pothos brassii (Araceae)

A slender vine found in rainforest understoreys, this endemic has a rather restricted distribution. I have only had the pleasure of seeing it at Cooper Creek in the Daintree.

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Cooper Creek botanizing

People who study fossils have a term, Lagerstätte (pronounced something like “lar-gus-tan”) for a place or site where they find extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation, often in large numbers. Plant biogeographers and botanists who study the living flora should have … Continue reading

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Romnalda ophiopogonoides (Asparagaceae)

Romnalda is a small genus of sedge-like plants belonging under, if you would believe it, the Asparagus family. This is of course an artefact of the molecular age. No Australian botanist or naturalist would fail to notice the similarities between … Continue reading

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Licuala ramsayi (Arecaceae)

Licuala ramsayi, aptly and more commonly known as the fan palm in this part of the world, forms colonies in lowland rain forest in the Daintree region. These veritable palm forests can eaily be viewed at the Marrdja Boardwalk in … Continue reading

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