Also known as Fairy Paint Brush or Pink Lace Flower,
this uncommon but spectacular flowering tree can be found in vine thickets close to Townsville
This one was photographed at Cape Cleveland - growing at the base of a
granite cliff which provides shade
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A hardy and very showy climber seen here at the Burra Range in July
It is distinguished from Hardenbergia violaceae in having a trifoliate leaf
and small yellow markings in the centre of the flower
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Dietrich's Morning Glory
Seen here at Cape Cleveland at the northern end of its range
begins near Marlborough in central Queensland
Considered a rare plant in the district it is a vigorous climber
usually in vine thickets where it will cover small canopy trees
A tree found in Cape York as far south as Cairns, in lowland rainforest
Seen here in full flower in Anderson Gardens
Endemic to Cape York and NE Queensland this very unusual and little known ginger
can be found in Anderson Gardens CY section
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
Flowering on Mt Storth in December
This gem like flower belongs to an uncommon native to
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.
Fruit Fly Orchid
Ranging from Townsville to Cape York and found mainly on
this was seen in the vicinity of Big Crystal Creek
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.
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
A delicate vine with heart shaped leaves and male flowers
An Easter flower - fairly common on ridges round Townsville
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
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."
Australian Tropical Rainforest
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
and a Scarlet Jezabel
Mt Stuart Mystery Tree
In fruit March 2013
Flowering now at Mt Storth.......
A tree to 30m (generally much smaller) growing in gallery forest at low
with small but extravagant flowers!
Bat's Wing Coral Tree
A distinctive crimson red mistletoe found predominantly on Eucalypt
Long strap like leaves and an absence of epicortal runners (outside the bark) help to distinguish this
Flowering in November:
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:
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
This extravagant flower is an unexpected delight when viewed in a cow paddock on the
Lagunaria queenslandica, is a medium sized, uncommon tree of the dry tropics, occurring in inland
Often associated with Melaleuca bracteata, this species is currently flowering profusely.
Reports of further sightings would be welcomed.
Flowering in October:
An unusual broad leaved plant seen at the Burra Range.....see here
Flowering in September:
Amyema quandang var. bancroftii
A silver leafed mistletoe flowering at the White Mountains.
Identification made possible thanks to this site:
Flowering in May:
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.
Flowering in May:
Coastal Jack Bean
A common sight on beach margins is this twiner with large compound rounded
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:
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
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
Flowering in May:
Crab's Eye Vine, Giddee Giddee
Flowering in April:
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.
Fairy Paint Brush, Pink Lace Flower
A small tree of Northern Queensland, with pleasantly perfumed
Found in vine thickets in the Townsville region
In fruit in December:
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:
This spectacular small vine is currently in flower, opening as white and changing to a deep red,
See here for more details.
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.
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