AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
plants

The plants of the rainforest in tropical Australia, New Guinea and the surrounding islands...

Order Laurales
Family Hernandiaceae
Family Lauraceae
Order Magnoliales
Family Myristicaceae
Family Eupomatiaceae
Order Piperales
Family Piperaceae 
Order Arecales
Family Arecaceae

Order Asparagales

Family Orchidaceae

 (Rajah Ampat, Indonesia).

Spathoglottis (Rajah Ampat, Indonesia).

 (Rajah Ampat, Indonesia).

Order Pandanales
Family Pandanaceae
Order Poales
Family Flaggellariaceae
Family Poaceae
Order Zingiberales
Family Costaceae
Family Zingiberaceae

Order Proteales

Family Protecaceae

Mostly a family of plants found growing in sandy soil heathlands in southern Africa and south-west Australia, but with some interesting species in the rainforest along the east coast of Australia, including some of the dominant canopy trees.

Stenocarpus spp.

A genus of mostly trees and tall shrubs. Some 10 species are found in the subtropical forests along the east coast of Australia. but more are found and endemic to New Caledonia.

Stenocarpus sinuatus, 'Firewheel Tree' (in garden, at Kings Park, Australia). Popular garden tree. Found in subtropical rainforest fron MSW to Atherton tablelandd n North Queensland.

Order Dilleniales 
Family Dilleniaceae

Order Vitales 
Family Vitaceae
Order Fagales 
Family Casuarinaceae
Order Rosales
Family Moraceae
Family Urticaceae

Order Malpighiales

Family Achariaceae

Three species; with two in Asian rainforest and one in north-east Australia.

Ryparosa kurrangii, (Daintree, Australia).

Order Myrtales

Family Myrtaceae

Eucalyptus grandis, 'Flooded Gum', 'Rose Gum'. (Atherton Birdwatching Lodge). Usually very tall and straight, with lots of large strips of peeling bark. Found along the east coast of Australia in wetter habitats, including being one of the few 'gum trees' in or on the edge of the rainforest.

Order Caryophyllales

Family Nepenthaceae

Nepenthes misool sp. 'Misool Pitcher Plant' (Misool, Indonesia)


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with Coral Expeditions. Meanwhile, here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.