What's flowering now

Discover the colours of Spring time blooms in the Botanic Gardens...

Dillenia alata
Red Beech or Golden Guinea Tree

The Red Beech is a small to medium tree with large glossy leaves, showy yellow flowers with red centres and decorative fruits. This handsome tree grows in rainforests but is frequently found in wet situations in other types of forests. Best suited to a larger garden in tropical regions, with its red-brown papery bark, it is a great host tree for orchids.

Where can I find this plant?

This tree is one of the plants featured in the Botanic Endeavour 250 self guided trails.

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Curcuma australasica
Cape York Lily

Look at the stunning flowers of Curcuma australasica, commonly known as the Cape York Lily. The rhizomes of this plant can be cooked and eaten.

Where can I find this plant?

These beauties can be seen flowering in Monsoon Waterway Garden and Tropical Shade Garden.

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Diploglottis obovata
Blunt-leaved Tamarind, Wild Tamarind

Have you seen the fruits of Diploglottis obovata, commonly known as the Blunt-leaved or Wild Tamarind? Fruits are orange-yellow in colour and contain one to three seeds which are surrounded by a dark orange aril. The aril is edible and makes an interesting tarty flavour in fruit cakes and are also enjoyed by birds.

Where can I find this plant?

You can find the Wild Tamarind in Regional Forests and in the Pioneer Peaks garden. Pick up a copy of the Useful Plants of Regional Forests to find out more.

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Tabernaemontana orientalis

Eastern Gondola Bush

Have you seen the Tabernaemontana orientalis, commonly known as the Eastern Gondola Bush flowering? Its seeds are contained in an orange gondola shaped seed pod (hence its common name!).

Where can I find this plant?

White pin-wheeled fragrant flowers are appearing on the tree just outside the main entrance carpark.

Eastern Gondola Bush

Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla planifolia, commonly known as the Vanilla Orchid is flowering in the Tropical Shade Garden. There are about 60 species but the one used for commercial purposes is Vanilla planifolia. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow in colour and develop in axillary racemes. There are usually about 20 flowers on a raceme. Usually only one flower in a raceme opens in a day, with the entire flowering period of the raceme lasting an average of 24 days.

Where can I find this plant?

You can see the Vanilla Orchid in flower now in the Tropical Shade Garden.

Vanilla Orchid