Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814





 Amyema sanguinea

Flowering in September, this mistletoe grows primarily on Eucalypts
and particularly Eucalyptus platyphylla which is common around Townsville 


Calytrix microcoma
Burra Heather

Burra Heather with laterite pinnacles, and below in full bloom..

Seen at the White Mountains NP, Burra Range in early September 2016


Symplocos cochinchinensis var. gittonsii
White Hazelwood

This splendid flowering tree is currently in full bloom in and around Paluma village


Ficus destruens
Rusty Fig




Archidendron grandiflorum

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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  Hardenbergia perbrevidens

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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Bonhamia dietrichiana
Dietrich's Morning Glory

 Seen here at Cape Cleveland at the northern end of its range which
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

Miliusa horsfieldii


A tree found in Cape York as far south as Cairns, in lowland rainforest
Seen here in full flower in Anderson Gardens 

Pachygone ovata


Etlingera australasica


Endemic to Cape York and NE Queensland this very unusual and little known ginger
can be found in Anderson Gardens CY section


Freycinetia excelsa
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 stamens.


Endiandra hypotephra
Rose Walnut


Psydrax saligna


Flowering on Mt Storth in December

Abutilon micropetalum


This gem like flower belongs to an uncommon native to Queensland.
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.


Bulbophyllum baileyi
Fruit Fly Orchid


Ranging from Townsville to Cape York and found mainly on coastal lowlands,
this was seen in the vicinity of Big Crystal Creek
See here..........

Pityrodia salvifolia



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.


Bleasdalea bleasdalei
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 hairs.




 Tinaspora smilacina
Snake Vine

 A delicate vine with heart shaped leaves and male flowers


Tricoryne anceps
Rush Lily

An Easter flower - fairly common on ridges round Townsville




Pseudovanilla foliata

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 fallen trees,
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."

See here....

Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids


Planchonia careya
Cocky Apple


A common local tree whose flowers are short lived in the early morning 
when the delicate filaments begin to fall off


Milletia pinnata
Pongamia Tree


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 contraceptive!
(Cribb 1981)




Sonneratia alba
Whit Flowered Apple Mangrove




An unusual mangrove notable for its large showy flowers with numerous white stamens,
and berry shaped fruit which sit on a persistent calyx with pointed lobes.


Syzygium oleosum
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.


Meleuca viridiflora
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 flowers,
but an occasional natural variant will display this burgundy colour to great effect.

Seen at Bluewater July 2013


Grevillea decora

and a Scarlet Jezabel
(Delias argenthona)




Commersonia bartramia
Brown Kurrajong 



Backhousia tetraptera
Mt Stuart Mystery Tree



In fruit March 2013



Flowering now at Mt Storth.......

Vitex melicopea


A tree to 30m (generally much smaller) growing in gallery forest at low altitude,
with small but extravagant flowers!



Erythrina vespertilio
Bat's Wing Coral Tree 




Flowering now:

Amyema miquelii

A distinctive crimson red mistletoe found predominantly on Eucalypt species.
Long strap like leaves and an absence of epicortal runners (outside the bark) help to distinguish this mistletoe.



 Flowering in November:

Dipodium ensifolium
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:

Lagunaria queenslandica
Norfolk Island Hibiscus


This extravagant  flower is an unexpected delight when viewed in a cow paddock on the Mingela Range!
Lagunaria queenslandica, is a medium sized, uncommon tree of the dry tropics, occurring in inland creeks. 
Often associated with Melaleuca bracteata, this species is currently flowering profusely. 
Reports of further sightings would be welcomed.


 Flowering in October:

Astrotricha pterocarpa


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:

Allocasuarina littoralis
Black She-Oak


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:

Canavalia rosea
Coastal Jack Bean

A common sight on beach margins is this twiner with large compound rounded leaves.
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:

Acacia crassicarpa
Brown Salwood



 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
Caustic Vine/Milkbush


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 Range Trail.

Flowering  in May:

Abrus precatorius
Crab's Eye Vine, Giddee Giddee

Abrus precatorius

 Flowering in April:

Utricularia caerula
Blue Bladderwort 



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. 



Flowering in August:

Archidendron grandiflorum
Fairy Paint Brush, Pink Lace Flower

Archidendron grandiflorum

A small tree of Northern Queensland, with pleasantly perfumed flowers
Found in vine thickets in the Townsville region


In fruit in December:

Mallotus nesophilus
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:

Passiflora aurantia
Native Passionfruit

This spectacular small vine is currently in flower, opening as white and changing to a deep red, before fading.
See here for more details.


November 2010

Cleistanthus dallachyanus


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.


October 2010

Eucalyptus paedoglauca
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