Plant profiles: Grevilleas
By: Judy Evans
Grevilleas are sometimes known as spider flowers due to the flower form of some of the species. The genus Grevillea are over 300 species and belongs to the protea family (Proteaceae). Most are endemic to Australia with some occurring in New Guinea, New Caledonia, Sulawesi...
By: Amanda Mittra
Bryophytes are the amphibians of the plant world. They resemble Thallophytes in many ways and they are the precursors of the Pteridophytes. In Greek, Bryon means 'moss' and Phyton means 'plant' and hence they are generally termed as mosses, liverworts or hornworts or collectively as...
By: Amanda Mittra
Thallophytes are essentially 'algae' and Bryophytes are generally termed as 'moss' . Both have similarities like, the plant body being thalloid (branching, flat, ribbon-like) , they are auto-trophic, chloroplast pigments are similar, reserve their food material as starch, devoid of vascular tissues, are devoid of roots, gametophyte...
Life cycle of a flowering plant
By: Amanda Mittra
Irrespective of the type of flowering plant, the season it fertilizes or germinates in, or the number of years it may take before it bears seeds or sprouts, most flowering plants (with exceptions) follow a simple basic pattern. They all go through a series of...
By: Amanda Mittra
Anatomy is the branch of science which deals with the study of the internal organisation of plants and animals. Plant anatomy deals with the detailed study of plants, such as the cell structure, cross sections of root, leaf and stem, etc. While it is supported...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Brachyscome (or Brachycome) has the common name of Australian daisy. These are popular with home gardeners and give a choice of annuals, perennials or small shrubs. There are almost 100 species with many attractive cultivars. The Australian daisy occurs in a wide range...
By: Judy Evans
The pretty and popular dog rose belongs to the genus Bauera which was one of the first Australian genera to be described. It was named by Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) in honour of the German botanical artists, Ferdinand and Franz Bauer. There are just four...
By: Judy Evans
The aromatic boronia belongs to the rue family (Rutaceae). These evergreen shrubs are compact and small to medium-sized. All 140 odd species are endemic to Australia. The leaves may be simple or pinnate. The four-petalled flowers are small and often fragrant. Flower shape varies from...
By: Judy Evans
Bossiaeas belong to the legume family Fabaceae. There are some 50 species, all endemic to Australia. They are small to medium evergreen shrubs. New growth is often furry and branchlets may be tipped with spines. The blooms may be borne singly or in clusters of...
By: Judy Evans
The Australian wildflower genus Beaufortia was named early in the 19th century in honour of the Duchess of Beaufort. The Duchess of the time, Mary, was a patroness of horticulture. Beaufortia is endemic to south-west Western Australia. Like the melaleuca , kunzea and callistemon, it is...

 

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