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Vulnerable tree to 5m in Currumbin & Tallebudgera valleys. Leaves alternate, pinnate, wavy margins, 4-12 leaflets, each to 9cm. Female & male flowers on same plant. Orange, 3-valved fruit in summer.
Where to look:
(Crinkle Bush, Wild Parsley)
Common shrub found in eucalypt forest. To 2m. Leaves alternate, pinnate or lobed. White flowers in branched spikes to 30cm. Seed capsule to 50mm splits to reveal winged seeds.
Where to look: Throughout the gardens and in the bush.
Abelmoschus moschatus subsp tuberosis
(Muskmallow, Native Rosella)
Short-lived twiggy shrub to 2m with hairy stems. Hibiscus like watermelon pink flowers. Underground tuber, plant dies back in dry and regrows in wet season.
Where to look: At entrance to Arts & Ecology building.
Epiphytic orchid, forms large clumps on tree trunks and branches. Leaves leathery, flexible, shiny. Large flat pseudobulbs. Greenish-brown flowers in spikes, spring to summer.
Where to look: Throughout the gardens and also in baskets and pots outside the A&E.