Author Archives: Tom Harley

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)

Spermacoce occidentalis

Small, common ground cover in the Kimberley region, mostly in the West Kimberley. Common with a wide range of herbacious species growing in Pindan.  

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Davenportia davenportii

This ground cover/climber from the Pilbara and West Kimberley is endemic to this area, in relatively few locations. Removed from the Merremia genus a few years ago, it has soft crinkly, hairy leaves, white flowers and 2/4 celled fruit containing … Continue reading

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Corchorus laniflorus

Several different species of Corchorus are found in the Pilbara and Kimberley, many which are weedy and small. This one grows to about 1 metre and is found on Dampier Downs and south to the Pilbara. Woolly leaves and bright … Continue reading

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Corymbia bella

A beautiful stately Ghostgum, this 8-10 (20) metre tree grows from Broome to most points north, and East to the Edgar Range and East Kimberley. A slightly weeping habit, clusters of white flowers and a smooth white trunk are the … Continue reading

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Abutilon indicum

This perennial herb, sometimes called Lantern flower, often grows as a metre high herb on roadsides near Broome.

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Dodonaea platyptera

A tall shrub with dark green leaves. Growing to 6 metres, this Hopbush has tri-cornered pinkish papery pods turning brown when ripe, containing small round black seeds. Hans Lambers (Curtin University): ┬áHans Lambers. Plants of the Dodonaea genus are good … Continue reading

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Pandanus sp (Berkeley)

This species of Pandanus has similarities to P.spiralis, except for smaller fruiting bodies, aerial roots, hairy trunks and few prickly leaves on spreading branches. From the beachfront at the Berkeley River.  

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Terminalia microcarpa

A large species found only in mound spring country north of Derby and Kununurra. Layered branches with a broad crown, this species has the smallest drupes of the Terminalias. This species is also found in Indonesia.

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Gardenia pyriformis

A widespread Kimberley species, extending deep into the Great Sandy Desert, this small tree or shrub has scented white flowers, and a fruit with grey flat seeds embedded in the pulp. Sometimes called the Turpentine Tree, for the colour of … Continue reading

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Acacia wickhamii

A shrub to 1 metre similar to A.stellaticeps, but with yellow cylinders flowering prolifically during winter and spring. Found at the northern end of the Dampier peninsula and in the Kimberley Tablelands and near Kununurra. A separate sub-species is in … Continue reading

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