AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Savanna
plants

The diverse flora of the Australasian tropical bush...

Order Malvales

Family Bixaceae/Cochlospermaceae

Cochlopsermum spp.

Large bright yellow flower followed by large baseball fruits full of soft hairs that wind distribute the seeds.

Cochlospermum gillivraei, 'Kapok', (Lizard Island, Australia).  Found in the tropical woodlands of north-east Queensland, and into Northern Territory and New Guinea; seems especially common on the slopes of hills.

Order Apiales

Family Araliaceae

Scheflera actinophylla, 'Australian Umbrella/Octopus Tree', (Lizard Island, Australia). Found mainly in rainforest, but also more open habitats, in North Queensland, Northern Territory, and New Guinea.


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".