By: Judy Evans
The genus Dendrobium belongs to the family Orchidaceae and consists of around 900 species. They are found in the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Guinea and Southeast Asia. There are 50 to 60 species native to Australia with a huge variety within the species with almost...
By: Judy Evans
Representatives of the Drosera genus can be found on every continent bar Antarctica. All belong to the sundew (Droseraceae) family and about half of the 100 plus species are endemic to Australia. They appear in a diverse range of environments from the swamps of South...
By: Amanda Mittra
Family Brassicaceae members date back to over 3000 years ago and are commonly called members of the Mustard family. They are also known as Crucifers as they have four petals which are arranged in a cross-like appearance. They form a group of vegetables rich in...
By: Judy Evans
The beautiful Melaleuca has the common name of honey-myrtle. Some are known as paper-barks due to their paper-like bark which peels off in layers. There are over 200 species in the Melaleuca genus which belongs to the myrtle (Myrtaceae) family. Most are native to Australia...
By: Judy Evans
Of the roughly 180 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees which make up the Olearia genus, about 130 are native to Australia with the rest occurring in New Zealand, New Guinea and Lord Howe Island. The leaves are sometimes aromatic and are usually leathery...
By: Judy Evans
The Lomatia genus is small and has only twelve species, nine from eastern Australia and three from South America. The tallest of these shrubs and small trees reach 18 metres and are found in rainforest areas. The leaves may be smooth, toothed or deeply divided...
Plant profiles: Western jimsonweed
By: Dena Bolton
You have probably noticed jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) popping up in your garden and immediately thought "weed." Many gardeners have yanked this herb - yes, it is an herb - quickly out of their garden, just as I have. However, just as I have done...
By: Judy Evans
Members of the pittosporum genus are found in Africa, southern and eastern Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and Australia. The foliage is usually glossy. The small 5 petalled flowers are cup-shaped or reflexed and may appear as solitary flowers or in clusters. Some...
By: Judy Evans
The Philotheca genus also has the common names of wax plant, or waxflower. It is a temperate Australian genus of some 45 species. At one time, the genus was restricted to two or three species. However many species once thought to be more closely allied...
By: Judy Evans
The genus Rhodanthe belongs in the daisy (Asteraceae) family. The nomenclature was revised in the 1990s and this genus is now considered exclusively Australian. Plants now in this genus were once classified as ‘Helichrysum’ or ‘Helipterum’. It has the common names of everlasting...

 

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