Singapore Botanic Gardens
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Singapore Botanic Gardens

October 27, 2016 Simon 0

The start of this story doesn’t feel quite relevant but bear with me as it all falls into place. It would have been, roughly, three years ago now that we were returning from our friends […]

Hardenbergia violacea.
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

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 […]

Bunch of bananas
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


September 29, 2016 Simon 0

  Genus:  Musa. Family: MUSACEAE. Common Name: Banana. Etymology: Latinization of the Arabic name ‘Mauz’. History: The banana is thought to have originally grown in the region that includes the Malaya Peninsula, Indonesia, The Philippines and New Guinea, having […]

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 […]

Macadamia nuts
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


September 14, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Macadamia. Species: integrifolia. Other species (jansenii, ternifolia, tetraphylla). Family: PROTEACEAE Common Name: Macadamia. More traditional Aboriginal names: bauple, gyndl, jindilli and boombera. Etymology: Macadamia: Named after Dr John Macadam (1827–65) by Ferninand Mueller (Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne) […]

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. […]

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
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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 […]

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
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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 […]

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