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.Spermacoce Spermacoce occidentalis


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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 black, hard, seeds. Davenportia davenportii Davenportia davenportii Davenportia davenportii Davenportia with Waltheria and Trichodesma Ddavenportia davenportii2 Davenportia davenportii

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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 yellow flowers are featured. Corchorus is grown overseas to make jute.

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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 main features. One of several species once called Eucalyptus papuana. This tree can be difficult to identify from Corymbia paractia and Corymbia flavescens.

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The latter two images were from Sturt Creek near Bililuna.

This tree can reach much larger proportions in the East and North riverine systems. More: 2016-05-29 09.10.35 Corymbia bella 2 Corymbia bella 3 Corymbia bella 4 Corymbia bella


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Abutilon indicum

This perennial herb, sometimes called Lantern flower, often grows as a metre high herb on roadsides near Broome.Abutilon indicum 2 Abutilon indicum Abutilon indicum

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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.


Dodonaea platyptera

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Hans Lambers (Curtin University):

 Hans Lambers.
Plants of the Dodonaea genus are good sources of diterpenes, particularly clerodane diterpenes. Dodonaea is a genus of plant in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), named after the Dutch herbologist and physician Rembert Dodoens. There are over 68 species that have been discovered, and most of these originate and grow in Australia. All species in the Dodonaea genus are woody perennials that grow between 1-4 m in height. Many have resinous exudates on their leaves, particularly Australian natives. The most abundant species is Dodonaea viscosa, which has been well-studied by botanists and chemists. Dodonaea viscosa is an excellent source of clerodane diterpenes, which are widely recognised as insect antifeedants. Additionally, some display anticholesterol, antibacterial, antitumoral, antiinflammatory and hallucinogenic properties.
Source: http://espace.library.curtin.edu.au/R….

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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.

Terminalia microcarpa

Terminalia microcarpa

Terminalia microcarpa

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 the trunk.Gardenia pyriformis fr Gardenia pyriformis2 Gardenia pyriformis Gardenia pyramidalis3

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This species has a number of uses by people on the Dampier peninsula:

Wudarr is another small tree, with little white flowers that later become a hard ribbed fruit. The large, divided sepals that remain at the end of the fruit are very distinctive. The mayi consists of many seeds embedded within a flesh that is covered by hard skin. When it turns yellow in June it can be picked or gathered from the ground. The flesh inside is squeezed out and eaten.

Bardi people, who are dependent on the sea for food, have a special use for this tree. They place green leaves on a rock and rub their feet on them. The effect is like that of a balm, giving some protection against cuts from the reef and stonefish stings.

The Karajarri people use the leaves in a similar way, first chewing them and rubbing the mixture on the soles of their feet for protection when walking on the hot sands of their country. Wudarr is also a medicinal plant. The Bard people use it to make an infusion, which they apply to aches and sores or drink for “cold-sick.”

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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 the Coulomb Nature Reserve north of Broome.Acacia wickhamii a Acacia wickhamii Acacia wickhamii3 Acacia wickhamii2

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