Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

 

 


Etlingera australasica
Zingiberaceae
Etlingera 

 

Endemic to Cape York and NE Queensland this very unusual and little known ginger
can be found in Anderson Gardens CY section

 




Freycinetia excelsa
Pandanaceae
Slender Climbing Pandan

This spikey leaved climbing Pandan uses its roots to cling to rainforest trees.
Brightly coloured bracts surround the inflorescence; in this case a male flower of densely crowded solitary stamens.
 

 




Endiandra hypotephra
Lauraceae
Rose Walnut

 




Psydrax saligna
Rubiaceae
 

 

Flowering on Mt Storth in December


Abutilon micropetalum
Malvaceae

 

This gem like flower belongs to an uncommon native to Queensland.
Occasionally found in monsoon forests at the base of seasonal gullies, here seen at Cape Cleveland.
Flowers and fruits as a tall shrub between 1.5 and 3 metres high.

 




Bulbophyllum baileyi
Orchidaceae
Fruit Fly Orchid

 

Ranging from Townsville to Cape York and found mainly on coastal lowlands,
this was seen in the vicinity of Big Crystal Creek
See here..........


Pityrodia salvifolia
Lamiaceae

 

        

Collected by Alan Cunningham at Cape Cleveland in 1819, this species is uncommon in the region.
Photographed here on the Western side of Paluma in wet sclerophyll forest.
Endemic to Queensland it occurs in NEQ and Southwards to coastal central Queensland, above 500ms.
A large bush to 2.5m.
 


 

Bleasdalea bleasdalei
Proteaceae
Blush Silky Oak


 

This wonderful flower belongs to a small understorey tree in the Silky Oak family Proteaceae.
The new foliage is also a striking pink colour covered in silky hairs.

 


 

 

 Tinaspora smilacina
Menispermaceae
Snake Vine

 A delicate vine with heart shaped leaves and male flowers


 

Tricoryne anceps
Johnsoniaceae
Rush Lily

An Easter flower - fairly common on ridges round Townsville

 


 

 

Pseudovanilla foliata
Orchidaceae

A leafless and very vigorous orchid seen in the rainforest at Paluma.

"The plants are saprophytic and typically reach a peak of vigour coinciding with the decay of fallen trees,
after which they decline rapidly and die out when conditions are unsuitable.
They are often conspicuous in the years following logging operations, roadworks and cyclones when many trees have fallen. The flowers last 1-2 days and have a pleasant honey fragrance."

See here....

Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids


 

Planchonia careya
Lecythidaceae
Cocky Apple

 

A common local tree whose flowers are short lived in the early morning 
when the delicate filaments begin to fall off


 

Milletia pinnata
Fabaceae
Pongamia Tree


 

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 contraceptive!
(Cribb 1981)

 

 


 

Sonneratia alba
Sonneratiaceae
Whit Flowered Apple Mangrove

 

 

 

An unusual mangrove notable for its large showy flowers with numerous white stamens,
and berry shaped fruit which sit on a persistent calyx with pointed lobes.
 


 

Syzygium oleosum
Myrtaceae
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.

 


Meleuca viridiflora
Myrtaceae
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 flowers,
but an occasional natural variant will display this burgundy colour to great effect.

Seen at Bluewater July 2013


 

Grevillea decora

and a Scarlet Jezabel
(Delias argenthona)

 

 


 

Commersonia bartramia
Byttneriaceae
Brown Kurrajong 
 

 


 

Backhousia tetraptera
Myrtaceae
Mt Stuart Mystery Tree

 

 

In fruit March 2013

 


 

Flowering now at Mt Storth.......

Vitex melicopea
Lamiaceae 

 

A tree to 30m (generally much smaller) growing in gallery forest at low altitude,
with small but extravagant flowers!

 


 

Erythrina vespertilio
Fabaceae
Bat's Wing Coral Tree 

 

 


 

Flowering now:

Amyema miquelii
Loranthaceae 

A distinctive crimson red mistletoe found predominantly on Eucalypt species.
Long strap like leaves and an absence of epicortal runners (outside the bark) help to distinguish this mistletoe.

 


 

 Flowering in November:

Dipodium ensifolium
Orchidaceae
Leafy Hyacinth Orchid

 

"Occurs in open forests and woodlands from the coast to the ranges, growing in well-drained soil. It also survives in patches of open forest invaded by rainforest. In fire-prone areas the above ground parts of the plant are commonly destroyed by fire and quickly replaced by new shoots. The stems of unburnt plants develop into long lanky growths. The flowers are pollinated by small native bees."

Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids 


 Flowering in October:

Lagunaria queenslandica
Malvaceae
Norfolk Island Hibiscus

  

This extravagant  flower is an unexpected delight when viewed in a cow paddock on the Mingela Range!
Lagunaria queenslandica, is a medium sized, uncommon tree of the dry tropics, occurring in inland creeks. 
Often associated with Melaleuca bracteata, this species is currently flowering profusely. 
Reports of further sightings would be welcomed.

 


 Flowering in October:

Astrotricha pterocarpa
Araliaceae 

 

An unusual broad leaved plant seen at the Burra Range.....see here 


 

Flowering in September:

Amyema quandang var. bancroftii
Loranthaceae 

 

A silver leafed mistletoe flowering at the White Mountains.

Identification made possible thanks to this site:

http://www.northqueenslandplants.com/Amyema/quandang.html

 


 


 

Flowering in May:

Allocasuarina littoralis
Casuarinaceae
Black She-Oak

  

Termimal spikes of male flowers on this small spreading tree, 4-8m high, found in coastal and highland areas of the eastern coast.
Seen here on the western slopes of Paluma
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Flowering in May:

Canavalia rosea
Fabaceae
Coastal Jack Bean
 

A common sight on beach margins is this twiner with large compound rounded leaves.
The inflorescence is held up on a vertical stem to great showy effect.
Note the emerging buds directly above and below the flowers.

 


 Flowering in June:

Acacia crassicarpa
Mimosaceae
Brown Salwood

 

 

 This is generally a small to medium tree, with large sickle shaped phyllodes (leaves) and masses of pale yell0w spikes.
It is common in coastal regions of north-east Queensland and can often be found close to the sea.
A stunning sight in full bloom.


 

 Flowering in May:

Sarcostemma viminale subsp. brunionanum
Apocynaceae
Caustic Vine/Milkbush
 

 

Generally seen draped over small trees in vine thickets this unusual plant appears to have no leaves. In fact they are very small, reduced to small scales, and almost indiscernable to the naked eye. The fleshy flowers are prominent, and not dissimilar to the flowers of Hoya australis which also occurs in the same locality and is also flowering now. Seen at Bald Rock/Many Peaks Range Trail.


Flowering  in May:

Abrus precatorius
Fabaceae
Crab's Eye Vine, Giddee Giddee


Abrus precatorius


 Flowering in April:

Utricularia caerula
Lentibulariaceae
Blue Bladderwort 

 

 

These erect and essentially leafless herbs are generally less than 20cm in height, and occur in moist situations, seen here around rock pools on Mt Stuart.  Despite the orchid like appearance of the flowers, these plants are in fact carnivorous, and use tiny bladder-like traps to feed on minute prey borne in surrounding water.

They occur along the eastern seaboard of Queensland from Brisbane to the north of Cairns, and also in the Northern Territory. 

 


  

Flowering in August:

Archidendron grandiflorum
Mimosaceae
Fairy Paint Brush, Pink Lace Flower

Archidendron grandiflorum

A small tree of Northern Queensland, with pleasantly perfumed flowers
Found in vine thickets in the Townsville region


 

In fruit in December:

Mallotus nesophilus
Euphorbiaceae
Yellow Ball Flower

 

Found in coastal vine thickets and monsoon rainforests from the Torres Straits to Mackay, this tree to 20m is currently a magnificent sight loaded with bright yellow fruit. The soft, fleshy white aril is covered with yellow/orange glands.

 


Flowering December 2010:

Passiflora aurantia
Native Passionfruit

This spectacular small vine is currently in flower, opening as white and changing to a deep red, before fading.
See here for more details.


 

November 2010

Cleistanthus dallachyanus
Euphorbiaceae
 

 

This  tree occurs in considerable numbers in some of our coastal ranges, often in large stands creating a forest canopy. It ranges from Townsville to Rockhampton, and is named for John Dallachy 1808-71, who collected extensively for Mueller in North Queensland, and was a member of the original expedition to settle the Cardwell area in 1861.

 


October 2010

Eucalyptus paedoglauca
Myrtaceae
Mount Stuart Ironbark
 

 

 

Our very own Eucalypt is restricted to a very few mountain tops just south and west of Townsville. 
Easily located on Mount Stuart, details can be found here