By: Judy Evans
The Leucopogon (beard heath) is a large genus of around 230 species. Australia is home to around 200 of these evergreen shrubs and small trees, with the rest occurring in New Zealand, the Malay Archipelago and various Pacific Islands. Characteristics of this genus [which is...
By: Amanda Mittra
Dicotyledons are a group of flowering plants with specific features. Their primary and most distinguishing feature is the presence of two embryo leaves called cotyledons. This is the main basis for the differentiation between this set of flowering plants (dicotyledons, also called dicots) and the...
Plant profiles: Native Australian boobialla
By: Judy Evans
The Myoporum genus is part of the boobialla (Myoporaceae) family. Seventeen of the 30 odd species come from Australia. The Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Malay Archipelago and Mauritius are home to others. They are generally small to medium evergreen shrubs with simple leaves of varying...
By: Judy Evans
The Persoonia genus is endemic to Australia. It consists of around 100 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees. It is part of the protea family (Proteaceae). The fruits are succulent yellow or green drupes. They may be produced in large, heavy clusters. Most of...
By: Judy Evans
The pimelea or rice flower genus consists of around 110 species. These evergreen shrubs form part of the daphne family (Thymelaeaceae). The vast majority of the species (about 90) are endemic to Australia, and the rest to New Zealand. The bark of the pimelea is...
By: Judy Evans
There are around 100 species of evergreen shrubs belonging to this Australian genus. The genus is part of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Most species have highly scented opposite leaves on squarish stems earning them the common name of ‘mint bush’. The tubular flowers are...
By: Judy Evans
The Sollya genus has only three species. Sollya belongs to the pittosporum family (Pittosporaceae) and is closely related to Billardiera. The plant is endemic to southern Western Australia although it is established as an invasive weed in parts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The...
By: Judy Evans
The Telopea genus has only five species. It is part of the protea (Proteaceae) family and is endemic to the south-eastern region of Australia. Its main claim to fame is the spectacular flower-heads which are generally a brilliant red, producing a sumptuous show. The accepted...
By: Judy Evans
The verticordia genus is endemic to Australia with the majority of the 97 species occurring in the south west corner of the country. One species is found on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and three in the tropical north of the Northern Territory and...
Overview of the Australian Scaevola species
By: Judy Evans
The genus Scaevola belongs to the family Goodeniaceae. There are nearly 100 species which come from Australia, the Malay Archipelago and islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. There are around 70 species endemic to Australia. Scaevolas appear as shrubs, subshrubs (small shrubs but not...

 

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