archontophoenix alexandrae Alexandra Palm
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Archontophoenix alexandrae

April 18, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Archontophoenix.  species: alexandrae.  Family: AREACEAE.  Common Name: Alexandra Palm, Alex palm, Alexander palm, Feather palm, King palm and Northern bangalow palm. Etymology: Archontophoenix: Archontos is Greek for chieftain or ruler, phoenix is Greek for date palm (ie: ruler […]

Strongylodon macrobotrys
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Strongylodon macrobotrys

March 2, 2017 Simon 2

Genus: Strongylodon.  species: macrobotrys. Family: LEGUMINOSAE/FABACEAE-PAPILIONOIDEA. Common Names: Jade Vine, Emerald vine Turquoise jade vine. Etymology: Strongylodon: from the Greek  words ‘strongyl’ meaning round and ‘odens’ meaning tooth. macrobotrys: from the Greek words ‘macros’ meaning large/long and ‘botrys’ meaning cluster. Origin: Philippines.   Description: Evergreen, […]

Cyrtostachys renda Lipstick Palm
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Cyrtostachys renda

February 17, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cyrtostachys. species: renda. Family: ARECACEAE. Common Name: Lipstick palm, Red sealing wax palm, Rajah wax palm, Maharajah palm, Sealing-wax palm, Sumatra wax palm and Red candle-wax palm.  Etymology: Cyrtostachys: from Greek ‘cyrto’ meaning bent or curved and […]

Ficus lyrata Fiddle leaf fig
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Ficus lyrata

February 4, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Ficus. Subgenus: Urostigma. species: lyrata. Family: MORACEAE. Common Name: Fiddle-leaf fig, Banjo fig. Etymology: Ficus: Latin meaning fig tree. lyrata: referring to the shape similar to a lyre (musical instrument of ancient Greece). Origin: Naturally occurring in Western Africa from Cameroon […]

Buckinghamia celsissima Ivory Curl Tree
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Buckinghamia celsissima

January 20, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Buckinghamia. species: celsissima. Family: PROTEACEAE. Common Name: Ivory Curl Flower, Ivory Curl Tree, Spotted Silky Oak. Etymology: Buckinghamia: Described by Ferninand Von Mueller in honour of Richard Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. celsissima: From the Latin word celsus meaning high and lofty. […]

Jacaranda mimosifolia flowering
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Jacaranda mimosifolia

January 6, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Jacaranda. species: mimosifolia. Family: BIGNONIACEAE  Common Name: Jacaranda, Blue Jacaranda, Black poui and The fern tree. Etymology: Jacaranda: Latinised version of local Portuguese (Old Tupi) name for this tree ‘yacaranda’. mimosifolia: Leaves like that look like that of the Genus Mimosa. Origin: Brazil […]

Quercus robur leaves
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Quercus robur

December 20, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Quercus. species: robur. Family: FAGACEAE. Common Name: Common Oak, English Oak, Pedunculate Oak. Etymology: Quercus: Latin for Oak. robur: is Latin for strength, referring to hard wood. Origin: Europe.  Description: Long living (600-700 years, records show trees as old as 1200 […]

Trifolium repens
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Trifolium repens

November 10, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Trifolium. species: repens Family: FABACEAE. Common Name: White Clover, Dutch Clover, White Trefoil, Ceeping Trifolium, Ladino clover and Honeysuckle Clover. Etymology:  Trifolium: Latin for three leafed plant, repens: Creeping, crawling. Forward: Trifolium repens is a plant that nearly everyone would recognize (mainly […]

Grevillea robusta flowers
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Grevillea robusta

November 4, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Grevillea. species: robusta. Family: PROTEACEAE. Common Name: Silky Oak, Southern Silky Oak and Australian Silver Oak. Etymology: Grevillea: Named after Charles F. Greville (1749–1809), Scottish horticulturalist, robusta: Feminine of robustus (robust or strong). Origin: Coastal gullies, forest and rainforests of NSW […]

Hardenbergia violacea.
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Hardenbergia violacea

October 19, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Hardenbergia.  species: violacea.   Family: FABACEAE. Common Name: False Sarsparella, Native Lilac, Purple Coral Pea, Happy Wanderer. Etymology: Hardenbergia: named after 19th century Austrian patron of botany Franziska Countess von Hardenberg. violacea: Latin for violet.   Origin: North eastern Tasmania, South […]

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