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Eupomatia laurina


Family: Eupomatiaceae

Shrub to 5m. Long, arching branches. Branchlets zigzag. Alternate leaves to 12cm. Perfumed, white flowers to 25mm. Cup-shaped, edible green fruit to 25mm.

Where to look:  Lagoon causeway. Fern Glade.


Banksia robur

(Swamp Banksia, Broad-leaved Banksia)

Family: Proteaceae

Erect, multi-stemmed shrub to 3.5m. Stiff leaves to 30cm in whorls. Compact flower brushes to 20cm, green turning creamy-yellow, spring to summer. Woody fruits containing seed capsules, remain on bush.

Where to look: Outside A&E from the northern deck, near rock pools and throughout the gardens.


Cassia tomentella

(Velvet Cassia)

Family: Caesalpiniaceae

Semi-deciduous tree to 10m of drier rainforests. Branchlets and petioles densely hairy. Leaves alternate, compound, 8 to 12 leaflets to 6cm long. Perfumed, yellow, 5-petalled flowers to 20mm. Brown, cylindrical seed pods to 30cm long.

Where to look: At entrance to gardens, traffic island in Palm Creek Rd.


Calanthe triplicata

(Christmas orchid)

Family: Orchidaceae

Ground orchid to 1.5m tall. Upright, pleated leaves to 90cm x 18cm. White flowers to 35mm on spike to 1.5m, spring to summer. Oblong, papery seed capsules to 4cm.

Where to look: Mossy Log Walk, Fern Glade.


Cymbidium madidum

​Family: Orchidaceae

Epiphytic orchid with large flattened pseudobulbs. Forms large masses on supporting hosts, trees and branches. Leaves 20-90cm x 2-4cm, leathery and flexible. Flowers greenish-brown in racemes 20-60cm long. Fruit capsules to 4cm long.

Where to look: In hanging baskets at A&E and throughout the gardens in trees and stumps.

Dipodium variegatum

(Slender Hyacinth Orchid)

Family: Orchidaceae

Leafless ground orchid to 60cm. Green to purplish-red stems. Flowers to 20mm, cream or light pink with maroon blotching. Petals and sepals with recurved tips. Several flowers produced in succession from July to February.

Where to look: Lagoon Walk & bushland areas.


Scaevola albida

(Small-fruited fan flower)

Family: Goodeniaceae

Uncommon, sprawling herb to 50cm tall. Leaves alternate, toothed, hairy to 3.5cmx3cm. Solitary, axillary flowers to 13mm. Purple to pink or white form.

Where to look: Pandorea garden below path.


Photography: The majority of the photos in this collection are the wonderful and much appreciated work of Greg & Judy Miller. Many other members of the Friends have also kindly contributed their favourite images.