Tag Archives: Gesneriaceae

Cyrtandra baileyi (Gesneriaceae)

In wet places in the Australian rainforest dwells Cyrtandra baileyi, a delicate relative of the African violet. This shrub which appears to be restricted to permanently wet places in rainforest, is endemic to the region and was first collected by … Continue reading

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Lenbrassia australiana (Lenbrassia)

This endemic rainforest shrub/small tree with attractive yellow flowers is restricted in distribution to a few localities in Mt Spurgeon/Mt Lewis and Tully. For what is presumably a mechanically dispersed species, the huge gap in distribution is rather curious. Featured … Continue reading

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Boea hygroscopica (Gesneriaceae)

Colony forming habit on rocks in rainforest FNQ’s answer to the ‘African Violet’, this rainforest herb, commonly known as the rock violet, would certainly be a fabulous ornamental substitute. When younger I learnt that you could propagate African Violets by … Continue reading

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