Welcome to the Townsville branch of the Society for Growing Australian Plants!
Townsville SGAP is the oldest regional Queensland
branch, founded in 1970, and provides a focal point for people interested in propagating,
growing and appreciating our unique native flora
Between the coastal mangrove
communities and the rainforest environments of our highest peaks, we estimate there
are up to 1,500 plant species, encompassing the largest trees, to grasses, ferns
You can explore some of our
favourite places by using the links at left
The Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP)
was formed in 1957 to develop the horticultural potential of Australian native plants and
preserve them through cultivation
With over 8,000 members throughout Australia, it is one of the largest horticultural societies in
the country and has made a significant contribution to understanding Australian flora, its
cultivation, and introduction into nurseries and home gardens
Books! Books! Books!
SGAP Townsville has recently
published a new book............
You can buy all of our three publications
directly from us......BOOKS
They say you can't keep a good man down.....
Our good friend and mentor Keith Townsend has taken up the challenge,
and in collaboration with ABC OPEN has a series of blogs on plants and local history!
Please view the links here........BLOGS
A common local tree whose flowers are short lived in the early
when the delicate filaments begin to fall off
Common throughout our region, particularly on creek
banks, this tree can often be overlooked -
being bushy and straggly in appearance.
With a little rain it is transformed with spikes of purple pea flowers.
In India the juice from the leaves is regarded as having a medicinal value and the roots are regarded as a
Whit Flowered Apple Mangrove
An unusual mangrove notable for its large showy flowers with numerous white
and berry shaped fruit which sit on a persistent calyx with pointed lobes.
Blue Lilly Pilly
A very ornamental lilly pilly with showy blue/purple fruits.
Usually a small tree or bush which grows in marginal rainforest creeks, seen here at Mt Cleveland.
Broad Leaved Paperbark
The winter flowering Melaleuca's are currently very showy on the northern
approaches to Townsville.
This broad leaved paperbark normally has citrus yellow
but an occasional natural variant will display this burgundy colour to great effect.
Seen at Bluewater July 2013
SGAP Townsville have been involved in unravelling the identification of an
unusual tree found on Mt Stuart
click on the image for more
Published in Australian Systematic Botany 2012
See the relevant section here....