Plant of the month 08/2022: Graptophyllum excelsum

Thanks to Cameron for nominating Graptophyllum excelsum as our P o M for August. Recently Cam photographed these plants in full flower among rocky outcrops on Magnetic Island above Nelly bay, and he noticed the gorgeous scarlet flowers were attracting many butterflies and sunbirds. Graptophyllum excelsum (Acanthaceae) is a Queensland endemic, listed as Near Threatened …

Plant of the month 07/2022: Thysanotus tuberosus

Editor’s pick for our new PoM is the gorgeous little fringe-lily Thysanotus tuberosus (photo above) that we spotted during our July outing to Clemant State Forest. Thysanotus tuberosus (Asparagaceae) has a wide range in eastern Australia but is not seen often. Being a small plant with slender grass-like leaves, it only stands out while in …

Plant of the month 06/2022: Scaevola spinescens

Scaevola spinescens caught people’s attention during our recent outing to remnant bush at the edge of the JCU Douglas campus. The small patch we visited has a remarkable variety of native plants still holding out amid surrounding property development. Unfortunately this little patch is under ever-increasing pressure from invasive weed species. Scaevola spinescens typically grows …

Plant of the month 05/2022: Glycine pescadrensis

This pretty little plant was spotted by Val during a walk on the bushy slopes of Douglas. What species had she found? At first everyone was stumped. Later, Nanette and Beth worked out the answer: Glycine pescadrensis. Glycine pescadrensis is a native plant that has been recorded infrequently across much of eastern Australia (Atlas of …

Plant of the month 04/2022: Hedraianthera porphyropetala

Hedraianthera porphyropetala was a highlight of our March outing to Emmett Creek, along with numerous other fascinating and seldom-seen plants. It was a “new species” for many of us and we found both flowers and fruits on it – how lucky can you get! Hedraianthera porphyropetala (Celastraceae) in an Australian endemic, growing as an understory …

Plant of the month 03/2022: Ackama australiensis

Ackama australiensis (Cunoniaceae), an interesting Queensland endemic, was spotted during our March outing to Paluma. Thanks to John Elliott for the following details and his fine photos. Ackama australiensis occurs from the McIlwraith Range in Cape York to south of Townsville. The range of the tree is further limited to upland rainforest above 400m in …