AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Savanna

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? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.