Monthly Archives: May 2012

Before the lilies, there was…Campynema

In Tasmania’s heaths, herbfields, cliffs, lake margins and among cushion plant communities of the Northwestern and Central highlands lurk one of Tasmania’s most elusive botanical secrets – a little lily that hails from a botanical lineage of great antiquity. First … Continue reading

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The Durian Theory and the first Tropical Trees

How did the first tropical trees look like? The Call to Speculation In July 1944, botanist Edred John Henry Corner found a fruit on the forest floor in a patch of virgin forest on Singapore island and was stumped. It … Continue reading

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Fig shrine of Toa Payoh, Singapore

Having been born in Singapore and claiming to be an unabashed fig lover, I am ashamed to say that it was only last year that I became aware of one of Singapore’s most outstanding fig shrines. In a busy and … Continue reading

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Living fossils on the streets: the story of Metasequoia

Few do not know of the Coastal Redwood and Giant Sequoia of Northern California. These trees have earned their place in the hearts of humans due to their majestic size. The two sequoias have a lesser known cousin, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, … Continue reading

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The King of Fruits and the Custard of the Gods

There are very few groups of trees that embody the botanical essence of the southeast Asian tropics quite as much as the genus Durio. And of all the 30 or so recognized species of Durio, none have gained renown, fame … Continue reading

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Nothofagus, icon trees of Gondwanan botany

Introduction In the Paleozoic era some 200 million years ago, the southern Hemisphere continents and islands like South America, Antarctica, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia and others were all part of one gigantic land mass known as Gondwana. In … Continue reading

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The almost lost botanical art of Wilhemina Catherine Jeffery

A trip to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens this Saturday was the most rewarding one I have ever had. There was an exhibition in the back of the gardener’s hut, which was being tended to by a volunteer, and in … Continue reading

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