Macaranga tanarius
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Macaranga tanarius

February 9, 2018 Simon 0

Genus: Macaranga. species: tanarius. Family: EUPHORBIACEAE. Common Name: Parasol leaf tree, Blush Macaranga, Nasturtium tree, David’s heart, Heart leaf and Bullocks Heart. Etymology: Macaranga: Is thought to have derived from mokarana a native word for the same Genus in Madagascar. tanarius: sketchy […]

Ginkgo biloba leaves turning yellow in Autumn
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Ginkgo biloba

January 10, 2018 Simon 0

Genus: Ginkgo.   species: biloba. Family: GINKGOACEAE. Interestingly the Ginkgo tree is the only living tree in this family surviving since the Mesozoic period (252-66 million years ago) the age when Conifer’s and Cycad’s dominated the earth. […]

Cinnamomum camphora. 1000 year old Camphor tree next to Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Kumamoto
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Cinnamomum camphora

December 12, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cinnamomum.   species: camphora. Family: LAURACEAE. Common Name: Camphor tree, Camphor laurel and Camphorwood. Etymology: Cinnamomum: from the Greek word kinnamomon meaning spice.    Origin: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Introduced to Australia in 1822 where it has […]

Cupaniopsis anacardioides. Tuckaroo.
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Cupaniopsis anacardioides

November 13, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cupaniopsis.   species: anacardioides. Family: SAPINDACEAE. Common Name: Tuckeroo (named by Aboriginals), carrotwood, beach tamarind, Green-leaved tamarind. Etymology: Cupaniopsis: From Latin Cupania, referring to the close relationship of these Australian and New Caledonian species to Cupania. anacardioides: Resembling Anacardium. Origin: Mid New South […]

Acacia dealbata Silver wattle, blue wattle, mimosa
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Acacia dealbata

October 3, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Acacia.   species: dealbata. Family: FABACEAE. Common Name: Silver Wattle, Blue wattle, Mimosa. Etymology: Acacia: From the Greek word ‘akakia’ meaning thorny Egyptian tree. dealbata: Whitened. Origin: Native to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Naturalized in Adelaide, parts […]

Elaeocarpus angustifolius (grandis). Blue quandong
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Elaeocarpus angustifolius.

September 5, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Elaeocarpus. species: angustifolius. Junior Synonym: Elaeocarpus grandis. From a later description of the species by Ferdinand von Mueller. Family: ELAEOCARPACEAE. Common Name: Blue quandong, Blue fig (although not closely related to a fig) or Blue Marble […]

Platycerium bifurcatum. Elkhorn fern
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Platycerium bifurcatum

August 8, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Platycerium. species: bifurcatum. Family: POLYPODIACEAE.   Common Name: Elkhorn fern. Etymology: Platycerium: from the Greek word ‘platys’ meaning flat and ‘ceras’ meaning a horn (referring to leaf shape). bifurcatum: meaning fork in two branches (again refering to leaf shape). Origin: South eastern Australia […]

Drosera spatulata Sundew
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Drosera spatulata

July 21, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Drosera. species: spatulata. Family: DROSERACEAE. Common Name: Spoon-leaved Sundew. Etymology: Drosera: from the Greek word ‘droseros’ meaning dewy. spatulata: Latin for spatula shaped. Origin: Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Micronesia and New Guinea. Description: Small insectivorous perennial herb with leaves arranged in a basal […]

Polyspora (Gordonia) axillaris
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Polyspora axillaris

June 30, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Polyspora (formally Gordonia). species: axillaris.  Family: THEACEAE.  Common Name: Fried Egg Plant, Gordonia. Etymology: Gordonia commemorating James Gordon, an eighteenth-century London nurseryman. Polyspora: species from East Asia were transferred to this new Genus. axillaris: meaning borne in the axil, referring to […]

Brachychiton rupestris. Queensland Bottle tree
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Brachychiton rupestris

June 8, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Brachychiton.   species: rupestris. Family: MALVACEAE. Common Name: Queensland Bottle tree, Narrow Leafed Bottle Tree, Queensland-Flaschenbaum or Kurrajong. Etymology: Brachychiton: Greek ‘brachys’ means short and ‘chiton’ means a coat or tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. rupestris: […]

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