In the image above you can see a good example of a tree encased in a rainforest vine growing wild in the Gold Coast hinterland. See more from O’Reilly’s Tree top Walk. There is an abundance of vines in the rainforest and also in the gardens of the Gold Coast. Below is an example of the colorful Bougainvillea seen hanging over many a garden wall on the Gold Coast.
Tropical ferns like Staghorns, Elkhorns and Birdsnests are prevalent on the Gold Coast. These exotic looking plants are deceptively easy to grow if you produce the right environment. In the image above you can see a good example of a birdsnest and orchids growing wild in the Gold Coast hinterland. See more from O’Reilly’s Tree top Walk.
Personally I have always loved orchids – the thrill of finding these colorful blooms in the wild has never diminished for me. Of course I am living in the ideal location for finding these treasures – on the Gold Coast. My mother cultivated orchids with a great passion and talent, perhaps this is what fostered my apreciation for these beautiful and interesting plants. The Cooktown Orchid illustrated below; is the Floral Emblem for Queensland. This beautiful illustration by Vera Scarth-Johnson shows the Cooktown orchid growing on a frangipani tree. In Australia we have an underground orchid that never sees […]
Two different types of mosses [and a lichen, in the smallest box] surround this tree trunk. Moss Life Cycle In some mosses, e.g. Ulota phyllantha, green vegetative structures called gemmae are produced on leaves or branches, which can break off and form new plants without the need to go through the cycle of fertilization. This is a means of asexual reproduction, and the genetically identical units can lead to the formation of clonal populations. Very interesting moss formations can be seen when visiting the Hinterland on the Gold Coast. Sheltered from direct sunlight beneath the forest canopy a great variety […]
Melaleuca is a genus of plants in the myrtle family Myrtaceae. The best-accepted common name for Melaleuca is simply melaleuca; however most of the larger species are also known as paperbarks, and the smaller types as honey myrtles and bottlebrush. They are also sometimes referred to as punk trees. The flowers are produced in dense clusters along the stems, each flower with fine small petals and a tight bundle of stamens; flower colour varies from white to pink, red, pale yellow or greenish. The fruit is a small capsule containing numerous minute seeds. Depending on the species they grow from […]
The Natural world distribution of Eucalyptus. They have subsequently been introduced to many parts of the world. Eucalyptus is a genus of trees with more than 700 species, mostly native to Australia. The first botanical collections known to be made of the Eucalypts were in 1770 by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander when they arrived at Botany Bay in Australia with Captain Cook. Then near the Endeavor River in Northern Queensland. The word Eucalyptus comes from the Greek language “eu” = well, “calyptus”= covered. In reference to the bud cap, covering the the flowers which falls off as the flowers open. […]
Banksia is a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae. Iconic Australian wildflower and popular gardenplants, they are easily recognised by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting “cones” and can vary from prostrate woody shrubs to trees up to 30 metres tall. They are generally found in a wide variety of landscapes; sclerophyll forest, (occasionally) rainforest, shrubland, and some more arid landscapes, though not in Australia’s deserts.
Strange and spooky Air – Plants [AKA Spanish Moss] reside in our garden on the Gold Coast.