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Broad-leaved Brachysema Gastrolobium minus
2009-04-28 14:57:48

Gastrolobium minus or Broad-leaved Brachysema, a member of the Fabaceae family is an indigenous shrub of Southwest Australia. While many members of the Gastrolobium genus are poisonous, the toxicity of this plant is unknown. It grows to just over 3 feet wide featuring oblong leaves that are deep green on top and a smooth bottom and rust colored flowers. The plant grows best in well drained...

Bronze Butterfly Gastrolobium praemorsum
2009-04-28 14:53:34

Gastrolobium praemorsum, a member of the Fabaceae family, is indigenous of Southwest Australia. It features crimson pea-flowers and is found most commonly between Geographe Bay and Albany in Australia. While many members of the Gastrolobium family are poisonous, the toxicity of this plant is unknown. Originally assigned to the Brachysema genus, in 2002 it was reassigned to the Gastrolobium...

Gastrolobium melanopetalum
2009-04-28 14:38:51

Gastrolobium melanopetalum, a member of the Fabaceae family, is an indigenous shrub of Southwest Australia. Growing up to 10 feet in height, it features narrow leaves measuring 0.5 - 2.33 inches in length and .15 to .8 inches in width. Deep purple hanging pea-flowers bloom in spring and summer. This shrub grows in dense vegetation near waterways. While many members of the Gastrolobium...

Swan River Pea Gastrolobium celsianum
2009-04-28 14:34:26

Gastrolobium celsianum,also known as the Swan River Pea, is a member of the Fabaceae family and is indigenous to Southwest Australia. Many species of this family are poisonous, but the toxicity of this tree is unknown. It can grow up to approximately 3 feet tall and nearly 10 feet wide. It features vibrant red tubular flowers and glossy green leaves with silvery undersides. The Swan River...

Queensland Bottle Tree Brachychiton rupestris
2009-04-28 14:15:07

Brachychiton rupestris or the Queensland Bottle Tree is a member of the Malvaceae family, although it was originally classified in the Sterculiaceae family. This deciduous tree is indigenous to Queensland, Australia and is best known for its distended swollen trunk shaped like a bottle which allows it to thrive in drought conditions, a variety of soil conditions and temperatures. Growing up...

Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus
2009-04-28 14:05:34

The Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus) is native to Australia. This small to medium sized tree can be found in a variety of climates from the wetter coastal regions to drier more arid interior regions of Australia. It wide trunk stores significant amounts of water for survival in the drier habitats. Flowers are varied shades of pink with a tubular shape. The leaves of the Brachychiton...

Illawara Flame Tree Brachychiton acerifolius
2009-04-28 13:43:42

The Illawara Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) also generally called a Kurrajong is a large tree indigenous to the eastern coast of Australia in the subtropical areas. Best known for its crimson tubular flowers that when leafless, covers the entire tree. In its natural habitat, the tree can reach heights of 131 feet. Famed for its beauty and because it is tolerant of moderate climates...

Grampians Bauera Bauera sessiliflora
2009-04-23 11:10:07

Grampians Bauera, (Bauera sessiliflora) is a scrambling shrub solely restricted to The Grampians region of Australia. It has hairy, wiry stems with hairy leaflets less than an inch in size. The plant can reach heights of up to 2 yards. The stalkless flowers display magenta petals and black anthers. Flowers are in bloom from early spring to early summer, specifically September to December...

Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora
2009-04-23 10:35:57

The Lemon Myrtle, Backhousia citriodora, also known as Lemon Scented Ironwood, Sweet Verbena Tree, Sweet Verbena Myrtle, or Lemon Scented Verbena, is a flowering plant native to subtropical rainforests of Queensland, Australia. This plant is classified in the family Myrtaceae and genus Backhousia. It can achieve heights as high as 5 yards, but many times it is smaller. The leaves are a glossy...

Australasia Ecozone
2009-07-01 14:02:18

Australasia is one of Earth's eight ecosystems. This ecozone includes Australia, New Guinea (including Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian province of Papua), and the eastern region of the Indonesian archipelago (island of Sulawesi, Moluccan islands, and the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, and Timor). Several Pacific island groups are also part of the Australasia ecosystem including...

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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