Gardening

Plant of the month – Banksia

Botanical Name: Banksia spinulosa Common Name: Hairpin Banksia Family: Proteaceae Meaning: Banksia: Named after botanist Sir Joseph Banks. spinulosa: From Latin, meaning with small spines referring to the leaves. Habitat: Heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll on sandstone. Habit: Shrub 1 – 3m. …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Woollsia pungens  Common Name: Snow Wreath  Family: Epacridaceae Meaning: Woollsia: Named after Reverend William Woolls, a friend of botanist Ferdinand von Mueller.  pungens: From Latin, meaning sharp point, referring to the leaves. Habitat: Heath and dry, open forest on sandstone. Habit: Open shrub, usually 1m …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Pittosporum revolutum Common Name: Rough Fruit Pittosporum Family: Pittosporaceae  Meaning: Pittosporum: Pittos from Greek meaning pitch referring to the resinous coating, sporum from Greek meaning seed, together referring to the seed which is covered in a sticky substance revolutum: From Latin meaning rolled backwards, …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Pseuderanthemum variabile Common Name: Pastel Flower Family: Acanthaceae Meaning: Pseuderanthemum: Pseud from Greek pseudo, meaning false, as in false Eranthemum. Named after Eranthemum, as it was first thought to look very similar to this plant species, whose meaning in old Greek is lovely flower. variabile: …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Utricularia gibba Common Name: Humped Bladderwort Family: Lentibulariaceae Meaning: Utricularia: From Latin meaning little bladder, referring to the tiny bladders on the thread-like leaves. gibba: From Latin for humped, referring to the inflated base of the lower lip of the …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Tristaniopsis laurina Common Name: Water Gum Family: Myrtaceae Meaning: Tristaniopsis: From Jules MC Tristan, a French botanist. laurina: From Latin inus and laurus, referring to the resemblance of Laurel-like leaves. Habitat: Moist sandstone gullies and mountain valleys along creeks and rivers. …

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