Overview of the Australian species of the genus Sarcochilus
By: Judy Evans
The Sarcochilus genus is endemic to eastern Australia and New Caledonia. There are around 20 of these diminutive species with 16 of them coming from Australia. The common name is fairy orchid and they may be epiphytic (growing on branches or tree-trunks) or lithophytic (growing...
By: Sammy Stein
Plants are amazing organisms and plant growth is varied with many different forms and adaptations to different environmental niches. However, whatever adaptations a plant has made to cope with heat, drought, water, ice, poor soils or contamination, there are certain factors which affect growth. Temperature...
By: Sammy Stein
Photosynthesis is the process whereby a plant manufactures food from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. The word means 'light making' or' making from light ' and it is important because plants are the first organisms in a long food chain to capture the energy from...
By: Judy Evans
The templetonia genus has just 11 species, all of them endemic to southern and western Australia. While all are shrubs or subshrubs with similar flowers, they vary in form with some having no leaves and others having small, scale-like leaves. The templetonia belongs to the...
Plant profiles: Australian Swainsonia genus
By: Judy Evans
Swainsona is part of the family Fabaceae. The genus consists of perennials and subshrubs. There are around 50 species in the Swainsona genus with all but one being endemic to Australia. The plants are legumes and have small racemes or spikes bearing ridged pea-flowers. The...
By: Judy Evans
The Pultenaea genus is endemic to Australia – all 100 odd species of them. They belong in the pea-flower subfamily which itself is part of the legume (Fabaceae) family. Most species are in the eastern states with only a few native to South Australia and...
By: Judy Evans
Australia has around 100 species of the Solanum genus which are endemic to the continent. There are also another 20 odd species which are well established and are considered introduced weeds. In all, there are some 1,400 species most of which are native to...
Chokecherry: Identification and uses
By: Denise Calaman
As the day gets shorter and the air turns cool and crisp chokecherries come into season. Now, during the last few months of September chokecherries are turning black on their vines; heavy with ripeness just waiting to be picked. The Chokecherry, or Prunus virginiana, is...
By: Dena Bolton
The turtlehead, with the pink turtlehead being the most common, is a native wildflower of North America and is hardy in Zones 3-8. The plant has pointed leaves that are about 6 inches long in a dark green color. It grows to be about 2-3-feet...
By: Lynette Alice
Hemp is a plant that is very commonly and easily misunderstood due to being a member of the species cannabis. Hemp has a similar leaf shape and looks the same as the marijuana plant, but unlike the cannabis sativa L. plant, it has virtually no...

 

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