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Elaeo-enchanted – exploring the exquisite Elaeocarpus

It is well-known that the rainforest flora of the Australian tropics has a strong South East Asian element. Various genera of laurels (Lauraceae), mahoganies (Meliaceae), tuckeroos (Sapindaceae) all appear to have origins in Southeast Asia and migrated into Australian from … Continue reading

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The hidden anatomical diversity of tropical woods

Prof. Susan Laurance from James Cook University has set up a rainfall exclusion experiment at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory – a location where Australia’s premium lowland tropical rainforest still predominate. Prof. Susan is studying the effect of drought on tropical … Continue reading

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Elaeocarpus angustifolius (Elaeocarpaceae)

The most famous Elaeocarpus species in the region is the Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). The Blue Quandong is a culturally significant plant, because it is used as Bush food by indigenous Australians, and also the hard seeds are used as … Continue reading

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