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Hairy Gardenia


Photos: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey

Hairy Gardenia, Attractocarpus hirta

  • This is a small shrub with hairy leaves that give the plant its main common name.

  • It's most distinctive feature however are the beautiful large white flowers which stand out in the gloomy understorey of the tropical rainforest.

  • The flower (pictured) is made up of five petals that overlap at the base and has a yellow centre. The tips are pointed when fresh, but become rounded and curl up with age.

  • The following fruit is small, orange, hairy and with a distinctively long calyx (pictured). This plant is endemic to the understorey of tropical rainforest in north-eastern Queensland and can be seen along Marrdja boardwalk.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide


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