Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)

Chili pepper

September 19, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Capsicum. Species: annuum, chinense, frutescens, baccatum and pubescens (these are the domesticated varieties).  Family: SOLANACEAE. Common Name: Chili pepper, chile pepper, chilli pepper or chilli. Etymology: Capsicum: From the latin word ‘capsa’ meaning small box (capsule). annuum: Annual, chinense: from China, frutescens: From Latin word frutescō meaning “I send […]

Elaeocarpus angustifolius (grandis). Blue quandong
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Woody Head Campground Beach
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Woody Head Campground

August 23, 2017 Simon 0

I used to do kitchen work for Bunnings which involved visiting peoples homes and measuring and quoting a kitchen design on site. Generally most of these jobs were within a 100km of my home on […]

Platycerium bifurcatum. Elkhorn fern
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Surprise Rock Daves Circuit Gold Coast Hinterland
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Daves Creek Circuit

July 28, 2017 Simon 0

Daves Creek is a 12km circuit track located in the Lamington National Park and is one of the many trails that attaches itself to the ‘Boarder Track’. ‘The Boarder Track’ itself is a 54 km […]

Drosera spatulata Sundew
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Lily Roma St Parkland
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Roma Street Parkland (Brisbane)

July 7, 2017 Simon 0

The Roma Street Parkland is another one of those places that I visited during my Horticultural school days and in the numerous visits since, it never ceases to impress me with its ever changing and […]

Polyspora (Gordonia) axillaris
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

MacDonald Rainforest Circuit Mt Tamborine Gold Coast Hinterland
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

MacDonald rainforest circuit

June 21, 2017 Simon 0

MacDonald rainforest circuit is a fairly comfortable 1.4km long walk and is located in 29 acres of surprisingly, pristine bushland, considering its vicinity to (what I would class as) rural suburbia. It is also, just […]

Brachychiton rupestris. Queensland Bottle tree
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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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