Callistemon viminalis Red Bottlebrush
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Callistemon viminalis

September 21, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Callistemon (some herbaria use the name Melaleuca). species: viminalis. Family: MYRTACEAE. Common Name: Red bottlebrush, weeping bottlebrush, drooping bottlebrush and creek bottlebrush. Etymology: Callistemon: From Greek word ‘kallos’ meaning beauty and ‘stemon’ meaning thread or stamen.  viminalis: from Latin, ‘vimen’ meaning a […]

Carpobrotus glaucescens Pigface
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Carpobrotus glaucescens

September 7, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Carpobrotus. species:  glaucescens. Family: AIZOACEAE. Common Name: Coastal pigface. Etymology: Carpobrotus: Greek words ‘karpos’ meaning fruit and ‘brota’ meaning edible thing. glaucescens: Latin for light sea green passing into grayish blue. Origin: Coastal Victoria, NSW and Queensland to Rockhampton. Description: Prostrate, creeping succulant, perennial groundcover. […]

Xanthostemon chrysanthus Golden Penda
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Xanthostemon chrysanthus

August 23, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Xanthostemon. species:  chrysanthus. Family: MYRTACEAE. Common Name: Golden Penda, River Penda, Johnstone River Penda. Etymology: Xanthostemon: from Greek ‘xantho’ and Latin ‘stamen’, meaning yellow thread, chrysanthus: Yellow flower. Origin: Queensland and Northern Territory. Description: Medium to large evergreen rainforest tree to 15m but […]

Acer palmatum Japanese maple
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Acer palmatum

August 11, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Acer.   species: palmatum. Family: SAPINDACEAE. Common Name: Japanese maple. Etymology: Acer – Maple tree, palmatum – palm shaped leaves that radiate. Origin: Japan, China, Korea, eastern Mongolia and Southeastern Russia. Description: Small to medium deciduous tree usually growing 6-10m but on […]

Araucaria bidwillii Bunya Pine
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Araucaria bidwillii

July 27, 2016 Simon 0

  Genus: Araucaria.  species: bidwillii. Family: ARAUCARIACEAE   Common Name: Bunya-Bunya, Bunya Pine (sometimes refered to as False monkey tree being of same Genus). In Aboriginal language the tree was known as bunya, bonye, bunyi and bunya-bunya (so its […]

Plumeria rubra Franjipani
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Plumeria rubra

July 13, 2016 Simon 2

Genus: Plumeria species: rubra. Family: APOCYNACEAE.  Common Name: Frangipani (interestingly named after Marquis Frangipani, the creator of an Italian perfume ‘Frangipani’ used for scenting gloves in the 16th century. The perfume had a very similar smell to […]

Lomandra longifolia
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Lomandra longifolia

June 28, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Lomandra.  species: longifolia.  Family: ASPARAGACEAE.  Common Name: Matt Rush.  Etymology: Lomandra: from the Greek ‘loma‘ meaning edge, border or fringe and ‘andros’ meaning a male; alluding to the circular margin of the anthers in some species. longifolia: with long leaves Origin: Cape York, […]

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Westringia fruticosa

June 14, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Westringia.  species:  fruticosa. Family: LAMIACEAE.  Common Name: Coastal Rosemary. Etymology:  Westringia: Named after Johan Peter Westring (1753–1833), Swedish botanist, lichenologist and physician to the King of Sweden. fruticosa: shrubby. Origin: Coastal heathland of N.S.W Australia. Description: Moderately long-lived evergreen shrub […]

Schinus molle Peppercorn tree
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Schinus molle

May 31, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Schinus. species: molle. Family: Anacardiaceae. Common Name: Peppercorn tree, Peruvian pepper, American pepper, Peruvian peppertree, Escobilla, False pepper, Molle del Peru, Pepper tree, Californian pepper tree, Pirul and Peruvian mastic. Etymology: Schinus: from the Greek name for the mastic tree shinos, (Pistacia […]

Pachypodium lamerei. Madagascar Palm.
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Pachypodium lamerei

May 17, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Pachypodium.  species:  lamerei. Family: APOCYNACEAE  Common Name: Madagascar Palm. Etymology: Pachypodium: Latin form from Greek pachus (thick) and podion (foot), thick-footed. Origin: Madagascar. Description: Slow growing semi- deciduous to deciduous subtropical succulent to 6m tall outdoors. 1.2-1.8m indoors. Resembles a combination of a […]

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