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Cinnamon Myrtle Backhousia myrtifolia
2009-04-23 10:51:40

Cinnamon Myrtle can grow up to a height of 33 yards. The leaves are characterized by oval or elliptical shape, 1-3 inches long, with a scent like cinnamon. Flowers originate in panicles with star-shaped blooms. The tiny, papery fruit are shaped like bells. The Cinnamon Myrtle earned its common name in the late 1980s due to the elemicin essential oil it produced which made it particularly...

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...

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honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.