Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


August 30, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Rosemarinus. Species: officinalis. Family: LAMIACEAE. Common Name: Rosemary. Etymology: Rosemarinus: Dew of the sea. officinalis: with herbal uses. History: Rosemary was originally from the dry, rocky, generally coastal areas of the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Portugal, southern France, Greece, North Africa and in […]

Xanthostemon chrysanthus Golden Penda
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

August 17, 2016 Simon 2

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is located in the Gold Coast suburb of Benowa roughly 10 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise (hmmm, this can really depend on the time of day). Its located just […]

Acer palmatum Japanese maple
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


August 4, 2016 Simon 1

Genus: Persea.  Species: americana. Family: LAURACEAE. Common Name: Avocado. Etymology: Persea: sacred fruit-bearing tree of Egypt and Persia (probably originally related to a pear).  americana: from America. History: The avocado dates back almost 10,000 years with the oldest archaeological evidence […]