NPQ Caboolture Plant Stock


Acacia juncifolia

(Rush-leaf Wattle)

A tall, slender shrub to 2 m high, likes a sandy soil. Its phyllodes alternate, rounded, held erect. Has ball flowers to 5 mm in winter and spring.

Acacia spectabilis

(Mudgee Wattle)


An open pendulous shrub growing to 3-4 metres with a spread of 2-4 metres. The leaves are blue-green divided into rounded leaflets which gives the shrub a feathery appearance. Golden flower balls in long sprays appear in winter and spring. Prefers a sunny well drained position.

Acacia ulicifolia

(Prickly Moses)

Open shrub 0.5-2m high, with short, narrow, dark green, sharply pointed phyllodes (modified leaves), and heads (balls) of cream to pale yellow flowers in late autumn and winter on often arching branches. As flowers age they change to a burnt orange shade giving the plant a multi-coloured effect. Prefers well drained sandy or gravelly soils – or in raised bed or rockery on heavier soils. Full sun to light (dappled) shade. Good barrier plant for coast or inland. Will give excellent protection for small birds.

Adiantum hispidulum

(Rough Maidenhair)

Hardy fern, variable, with erect or semi-erect finger-like fronds; new fronds pink. Grows in moist, semi-shaded areas but also tolerates drier areas and more sun if well mulched, and watered in dry times. Do not over-fertilise (new fronds will burn and die) – give slow release for ferns/palms/indoor plants in spring, and/or half strength liquid fertiliser every few weeks in warm weather.

Alpinia arundelliana

(Native Ginger)

Occurs naturally in rainforests and along shady creek margins in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Forms fairly dense clumps of erect stems, up to 1 metre tall with shiny mid-green leaves, 15 – 25cm long and 2 – 4cm wide. Flowers are produced in the summer on spikes up to 10cm long, they are small and pale pink with dark pink lower lip. They are followed by bright blue fruits up to 1cm diameter. Does best in a moist shady position with plenty of mulch.

Araucaria cunninghamii

(Hoop Pine)

A large symmetrical pine tree with a straight trunk. It has a very dark brown rough bark marked by transverse wrinkles. Its leaves are curved, stalkless, narrowly triangular, about 1 cm long, and crowded along the branchlets. Seeds are borne in round cones up to 10 cm long in ummer. The tree grows 30-40 m high and is rather slow growing.

Archontophoenix cunninghamaina

(Piccabeen Palm)

A tall slender feather palm with a self-cleaning, green to grey trunk and long, arching pinnate leaves, 2-4 m long, deep green above and lighter green below. The tree grows 10-20 m high and bears large branching sprays of lilac to purple flowers in summer and bright red globular fruits in winter and spring. Does best in a sheltered position in heavily mulched soil with plenty of water.

Artanema fimbriatum

(Bearded Flower Shrub)

Herb to 30-60cm high, with erect or spreading stems. Flowers 16-25mm long,tubular, with 2 lips, violet or white, mostly spring-summer. Moist area, but not boggy.

Backhousia citriodora

(Lemon myrtle)

A small densely foliaged tree which grows 6 to 8 metres in cultivation. The leaves are opposite, mid green, 5-10cm long and have a lovely lemon fragrance when crushed. Young leaves and branchlets are pale green and softly hairy. In spring and summer the tree is covered with creamy-white flower heads with long fluffy stamens. It is a hardy plant growing in full sun or partial shade, can be slow in early stage. Will benefit from mulching and additional water in dry periods. Mature leaves added to a pot of tea give a lovely lemon flavour.

Boronia keysii (Listed as Vulnerable)

(Keys Boronia)

Open shrub with aromatic foliage, showy pink flowers in spring. Up to 2 m high.

Tip prune to encourage dense growth. Grows in moist well drained soils in protected sun or semi shade areas.

Brachyscome multifida

(Cut-leaved Daisy)

Low growing herb to 45cm high, with finely divided leaves and mauve, pink or white daisy flowers most of the year. Good ground cover and shelter plant for frogs, lizards and other small animals. Needs well drained soils, in full sun to dappled shade.

Calostemma luteum

(Yellow Garland Lily)

Small bulbous plant with narrow, strap-like leaves, from inland flood-plains. Heads of trumpet-shaped flowers are yellow. May die back in winter, but will re-shoot and flower after rain. Full sun. Will form small clumps from bulbils which form in place of seeds after flowering. Good rockery plant or fill-in.

Capparis arborea

(Caper Bush)

This is a small tree to 6 metres with shiny dark green leaves on prickly branched stems. The short-lived showy white flowers to 6cm across are perfumed, and are followed by edible globular fruits. This rainforest understorey plant is slow growing but hardy in most situations and is the host plant for the larvae of numerous white butterflies.

Castanospora alphandii

(Brown Tamarind)

30 metre. Large rainforest tree with glossy leaves. Small flowers from autumn to spring followed by inedible pink fruits.

Christella dentata


Common tufting fern, usually found along streams on margin of rainforest or in tall open forest in all the eastern mainland states. Dull green, spreading fronds up to 1 metre long. Quick growing, grows best in partial sunlight with regular watering.

Corchorus cunninghamii (Listed as Endangered)

(Native Jute)

1.5 metre. Open, twiggy with clusters of bright yellow flowers contrasting with foliage most of the year. Tip prune to encourage denser growth. Prefers a semi-shaded position in moist soils. Water in dry periods.

Dampiera diversifolia

A prostrate, sucking, perennial herb, with spreading angular stems. Bears masses of dark blue flowers which can on occasions be pale blue. The flowers are 1.5cm across and are on the plant for long periods in spring and summer. Prefers partial sunlight in a moist, well drained location where it will grow rapidly. Makes a good ground cover and is excellent in containers and hanging baskets.

Davidsonia pruriens

(Davidson's Plum)

Lovely small, slender rainforest tree, to 12m or less, with fairly small crown. The large pinnate leaves have rusty hairs. Flowers small, spring; the 5cm purple fruits are attractive, acidic but edible (good for jam, wine, or stewed with sugar as for plums, as a dessert). Best in fertile soil with plenty of organic matter; water well in dry times. Good indoor plant when young.

Diploglottis australis

(Native Tamarind)

Tree to 3.5m. Fruit a brown capsule. The aril surrounding the seed is edible; although acidic in taste it can be eaten raw or sweetened in a jam or drink with sugar. Attractive street tree or for the larger garden, the dense canopy providing plenty of shade. Fruit attractive to many birds including fruit doves, pigeons, green catbird and satin bowerbird.  Plant in well drained soil which is rich in organic matter and apply a light dressing of organic fertiliser in early spring. Keep well watered during dry periods.

Diploglottis bracteata

(Boonjee Tamarind, Plum Tamarind)

Tree to 10 m. Its fruit is considered the best of the genus. The fruit capsule ripens in Dec-Jan, its edible orange flesh makes excellent salad garnish, sauces, chutneys and desserts.   Plant in well drained soil which is rich in organic matter and apply a light dressing of organic fertiliser in early spring. Keep well watered during dry periods. It needs a well mulched soil in sun or partial shade.

Diploglottis campbellii

(Small-leaved Tamarind)

A medium sized tree to 10 m tall with a dense, spreading crown of dark green, tough, leathery, pinnate leaves. Flowers in spring and summer with inconspicuous creamy-brown flowers. Fruits are attractive clusters of yellow-brown capsules which are 3-6 cm across containing 1-3 seeds which are edible. Excellent for jams and drinks and much loved by fruit eating birds and bats. Fruits ripen in late summer. This is a slow growing tree when young and requires a well mulched, well watered spot in sun or partial shade.

Doodia sp.

(Variable species of fern)

A variable small fern with narrow, semi-erect or weeping fronds up to 30cm long; fertile and sterile fronds are different. Forms spreading clumps in moist, semi-shaded areas where there is plenty of organic matter in the soil. Also suitable for pots. Fertilise with slow release for ferns/palms/indoor plants in spring, and/or half-strength liquid fertiliser every few weeks in warm weather.

Endiandra pubens

(Hairy Walnut)

This medium tree grows to 10 m. It has a light brown bark and a bushy canopy of dark green, glossy, egg-shaped leaves, 7-20 cm long. New growth is nicely soft, hairy, copper coloured. Flowers are insignificant. Fruits are spectacular. Large, globular berries, up to 5 cm in diameter, deep red to purple, containg one large seed. They ripen from spring to summer. The tree requires some protection, plenty of mulch and water and is rather slow growing.

Eriocaulon australe

(White Hatpins)

A tufted plant with grass-like leaves grows to 60 cm in wet heath. Has 8mm heads of flowers on stems to 1 m high in summer.

Evolvulus alsinoides

(Tropical Speedwell)

40 cm. A weak trailing plant for a sunny site. Very good container or basket plant with blue flowers from spring to autumn. Cut back hard after flowering or to tidy.

Goodenia rotundifolia

(Star Goodenia)

A prostrate creeping plant with fleshy, hairy, rounded leaves that have coarsely toothed margins. It spreads by runners and may cover a metre or more. Bright yellow, five-petalled flowers with crinkled edges are carried over a long period in spring and summer. Grows naturally on the edges of rainforest and in adjoining eucalypt forests. Prefers a sunny or partially shaded position and will adapt to most soils. Is particularly good in a rockery.

Graptophyllum excelsum

(Scarlet Fuchsia)

Tall, erect, well-branched shrub to 3m high and 1m wide, dense and bushy if pruned lightly when young. Best in a shady position, in moist but well-drained soil to which compost has been added. The leaves are obovate, to 2cm long, and shiny dark green. The red flowers are 2-3cm long, tubular, and appear in summer. An attractive plant for shady areas.

Grevillea fililoba

(Ferny-leaved Grevillea)

1.5 metre. Very showy red floweres on branches arching to 3 metres. Flowers for many months. Hardy in an exposed well drained site. Good screening plant, also suitable rockeries and containers. Prune for compact shape.

Grevillea leiophylla

(Wallum Grevillea)

Small shrub, can be erect or sprawling. The erect form grows up to 1 metre tall with narrow leaves to 3cm long. The sprawling form is almost prostate with larger leaves to 8cm long. Both forms have the same flowers which occur in terminal clusters of pretty pink, spidery flowers in spring and summer. Sprawling form comes from low sandy areas along the coast, erect form is found on the lower slopes of the Glasshouse Mountains. Does best in a moist, well drained or sandy soil in partial shade, will tolerate full sun. Makes a good rockery plant.

Hibbertia aspera

(Trailing Guinea Flower)

1 metre. Small dense shrub with yellow flowers most of the year. Prefers moist soils in semi shade sites.

Hibbertia vestita

(Hairy Guinea Flower)

A prostate or spreading shrub to 30cm high and up to 2 metres wide. Small narrow leaves, 7mm x 2mm, can be hairy, cover the stems. The single, yellow, 5 petalled flowers 3-4 cm across can be present most of the year but mostly in winter and spring. Occurs natural in sandy areas. An attractive rockery plant, requires sunny, well drained position with additional water in dry periods.

Hymenosporum flavum

(Native Frangipani)

Small tree which is generally suitable for small gardens and courtyards. The flowers are creamy white, fading to yellow, with a perfume similar to the exotic frangipani. It prefers moist, well drained and well mulched soils, in part shade to dappled shade. Also suits middle storey rainforest plantings.

Jasminum suavissimum

(Native jasmine)

A shrubby, twining plant with narrow, bright green, shiny leaves about 5 cm long. Showy, sweetly perfumed, white flowers, up to 3 cm across appear in spring and summer. The fallen flowers are followed up by small oval black berries. This hardy plant will grow in most situations, but needs adequate water. Suitable to grow on a fence or trellis.

Laxmannia sp.

(Variable species of Lilies)

A widespread, tufted, grass-like herb grows to 30 cm high, often with stilt roots. Its flowers are upto 8 mm, opening in the afternoon in winter to spring.

Lepiderema pulchella

(Fine-leafed Tuckeroo)

A beautiful small tree, 6-8 metres high in cultivation, has a dense rounded crown of bright, glossy green leaves to 10cm long. New growth is lovely shades of pink and lime green. Small, yellowish-orange flowers are produced in dense clusters in spring followed reddish-yellow capsules about 1cm across with brown seeds enclosed in a yellow skin which ripen over summer. Fairly quick grower, will do well in well mulched soils in sun and partial shade.

Leucopogon juniperinus

(Prickly Heath)

Small shrub to about 1 m tall, with spreading branches and pointed leaves about 1 cm long. Mainly flowering in winter and spring, but produces small white tubular flowers, 1 cm long throughout the year.It has small yellowish fruits. This shrub will grow in semi-shade in a reasonably well drained soil.

Linospadix monostachya

(Walking Stick Palm)

Small palm 1-4m tall, with slender, smooth, ringed trunk. Leaves 30-120cm long, spreading in a loose crown. The pendulous spike carries many small, greenish flowers, followed by strings of attractive, waxy, red to yellow-orange fruits. Moist, fertile soils with plenty of organic matter; well drained and well mulched; cool, fully shaded position. Good indoor plant if given regular "rest" times outdoors in the shade.

Lythrum salicaria

(Purple Loosestrife)

Erect perennial to 1.5m, often with soft hairs. Leaves opposite, to 5cm x 1cm. Flowers bright pink to purplish, on a tall leafy spike. Dies back to rootstock in winter, re-shoots in spring. Very hardy in shallow water to reasonably dry soil. Beautiful plant for margins of dams and ponds, but also in other parts of the garden as a fill-in. Full sun for best flowering. Cut back old canes at the end of summer.

Melaleuca thymifolia (purple)

(Thyme Honey Myrtle)

Attractive shrub to 1.5 metres with soft grey/green foliage. Masses of white fluffy flowers can occur all year round. Will grow in most positions but prefers full sun and plenty of moisture.

Melaleuca thymifolia (white)

(Thyme Honey Myrtle)

Attractive shrub to 1.5 metres with soft grey/green foliage. Masses of white fluffy flowers can occur all year round. Will grow in most positions but prefers full sun and plenty of moisture.

Melastoma malabathricum

(formerly affine)

(Blue tongue or Native Lasiandra)

Shrub to 2 m. Leaves are ovate and covered with fine hair. Flowers are purple and appear in spring and summer. The purple fruits are edible and stain the mouth blue, hence its common name of Blue Tongue.Fast growing and adaptable.

Melicope rubra (Evodia or Euodia or Evodiella muelleriana )

(Little evodia or Müller's evodia)

This hardy, evergreen rounded shrub is well worth growing, producing a spectacular display of lolly-pink flowers, borne along the branches for many weeks in summer, followed by large, pale green, aromatic seed pods containing small black seeds. The shiny foliage is also strongly scented with a hint of nutmeg.

Mentha satureioides

(Native Pennyroyal)

30 cm. Suckering perennial forming a carpet, suitable for sunny moist or heavy boggy areas. Strongly aromatic leaves, tiny white flowers most of year. Can be cut back to ground level.

Mimulus prostratus

(Small Monkey Flower)

10 cm. Mat forming, rooting from runners, pink flowers mainly winter and spring. Suitable for sunny moist or boggy sites. Good container plant.

Mischarytera lautereriana

(Corduroy Tamarind)

Tree which can grow to 15 metres. New growth is pink or red. Tiny separate male and female flowers in spring followed by 2 or 3 lobed yellow to orange fruit 25mm which spilt to reveal black seeds enclosed in an edible orange coating which is very sour.

Pararchidendron pruinosum

(Snow Wood)

Small ornamental tree, 4-8 metres in height, with reddish brown bark and a dense canopy of shiny soft, lance-shaped leaves, 4-5cm long. Creamy flowers, which turn yellow with age, are carried in circular heads, 2-3cm across. The attractive, twisted, flattered pods contain several shiny back seeds and are yellow on outside and red inside. Good specimen tree for the garden. Needs a well mulched, reasonable well drained soil and appreciates additional water in dry periods.

Pararistolochia praevenosa

(Pipe vine)

This vine is the host plant of the beautiful Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. It is a robust, stem twining plant with dark green, elongated heart-shaped leaves of leathery texture. The unusual and delicately patterned flowers, about 2.5cm long, are shaped like a pipe and are yellowish with purple veins. It is found in coastal and highland rainforests in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, but is not common. Prefers semi-shade and responds well to regular watering and mulching.

Passiflora aurantia var. aurentia

(Red Passion Flower)

A quick growing, slender, wiry vine that climbs with the aid of tendrils. It has attractive, dark green leaves, about 7 cm long. It flowers for most of the year with large, salmon-pink passion flowers, 4-8 cm across. With bright red centres. The oval fruits are 4-5 cm long and contain many black seeds in a greyish pulp. This vine likes a moist, protected, partly shaded spot.

Patersonia longifolia

(Dwarf Purple Flag)


A small clumping herb with narrow leaves 2mm, bluish-green with hairs crisscrossing them. Flower has three petals which are rich purple on 15cm stem. Useful in rockery in damp, semi shaded situations.

Pavetta australiensis


A rounded shrub, 2 to 3 metres high, with soft, dark green, opposite, leaves, 6-12cm long with fairly prominent yellow veins. In spring small, tubular, white flowers in dense clusters up to 10cm across are produced at the ends of branchlets. The flowers have a sweet perfume. Grows best in a sunny or partly shaded position and requires adequate moisture

Pimelea latifolia

(Rice Flower)

A shrub up to 2 m high likes a moist area. The leaves are opposite. Its flowers are in 30 mm heads and appear in spring and summer.

Pimelea linifolia

(Slender Rice Flower)

Small shrub to 1 metre. Compact heads of small white flowers at the ends of branches most of the year. Regular pruning after flowering will encourage a dense habit. Will grow in most positions but prefers a well drained position in full sun to part shade.

Polyalthia nitidissima

(Canary Beech)

A small tree, 6-8 m tall with a dark brownish-grey bark and a dense canopy of very glossy bluntly-pointed leaves, 5-10 cm long. I spring the creamy-yellow flowers are hard to see between the leaves. Fruits are smooth, round, glossy berries, about 1 cm across. These berries attract birds. It likes a well mulched, well drained. Protected spot with plenty of water. It is rather slow growing.

Psychotria simmondsiana

(Small Psychotria)

Erect or spreading shrub or small tree to 4m, with mostly egg-shaped leaves, to 9cm x 2cm. Flowers terminal, on long stalks, whitish; summer. Fruit globose, white, fleshy, crowned by the persistent calyx, ribbed and furrowed. Background plantings, rainforest gardens, in well mulched, moist, well drained soils with plenty of organic matter; sun to part shade.

Pultenaea villosa

(Hairy Bush Pea)

1.5 metre. Shrub with arching branches covered with red-yellow pea flowers in late winter/spring. Plant in sunny well drained position . Prune after flowering.

Rhodanthe sp.

(Chamomile Sunray)

A bushy, perennial white daisy up to 30cm high and 50cm across. Produces abundant flowers from winter to summer. Well drained soil in full or filtered sunlight. Looks good in rockery and very effective when mass planted. Also successful as a container plant or in a hanging basket. Prune after flowering. Replace every couple of years.

Scaevola albida

(Fan Flower - purple)

A prostrate, spreading plant growing to 30cm high and over 1 metre across. Its small, toothed, fleshy leaves will form a dense mat. Small, fan-shaped, white or mauve flowers are produced most of the year. An excellent groundcover grown in sunny or partly shaded areas with reasonable drainage and ample moisture. Will also make a good basket plant.

Scaevola albida

(Fan Flower - white)

A prostrate, spreading plant growing to 30cm high and over 1 metre across. Its small, toothed, fleshy leaves will form a dense mat. Small, fan-shaped, white or mauve flowers are produced most of the year. An excellent groundcover grown in sunny or partly shaded areas with reasonable drainage and ample moisture. Will also make a good basket plant.

Seringia hillii

Shrub growing to 2 metres. Leaves are up to 12.5cm long and 3.5cm wide, smooth above, finely hairy and whitish below. Flowers are 20mm across, have 5 petals and can be purple, pinkish or white. Produces hairy fruit to 18mm. Needs a well drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Sophora fraseri(Listed as Vulnerable)

(Scrub Sophora)

1.5 metre. An erect open shrub with yellow pea flowers on ends of branches in early summer. Suitable for a part shade site in well mulched soils

Spatloglottis paulinae

(Small Purple Orchid)

50mm. Terrestrial orchid with showy pink flower spikes mainly in winter/spring. Grow in moist soils with sun for part of day.

Spiranthes sinensis

(Ladies’ Tresses)

Upright plant to 50cm with tiny pink and white flowers in a spiral up stem in spring. Found among grasses in sunny positions.

Stenocarpus salignus

(Scrub Beefwood)

A medium sized tree, maximum 9 m tall. This tree has a finely fissured, softly scaly, dark brown bark and dark glossy green leaves 8-5 cm long. In spring and summer it carries clusters of 15-20 greenish-white flowers. Fruits are narrow brown follicles 5-10 cm long. Is rather slow growing and prefers well mulched soil in partial shade or sun.

Swainsona greyana

(Darling Pea or Hairy Darling Pea)

50 cm. Suckering shrub with very showy pink pea flowers in spring. Prune back after flowering to encourage a second flowering. Will grow on a variety of soils, mulched to retain moisture; at their best in full sun, where not crowded by other plants. Attractive garden plant. Feed with slow-release native fertiliser in spring.

Syzygium cormiflorum

(Bumpy Satinash)

A medium sized tree, 10 metres, from North Queensland. Attractive purple new growth. Large fluffy cream flowers on trunk and branches any time of the year followed by 6mm white fruits. Prefers a well watered site and some protection when young.

Syzgium erythrocalyx

(Red Bud Satinash, Johnstone River Apple)

8 metre. Beautiful small bushy tree. Has large, thin stiff leaves with deep set veins giving a quilted effect; new leaves deep red to purplfont-size: 8pt; ish hang down at first. Flowers cricket ball size, with yellowish to pale lime green stamens, on branches in winter. Numerous bright crimson berries. A spectacular tree when in new leaf, in flower and in fruit. From northern rainforests. Protected, shady site on well drained soils with plenty of compost.

Syzgium "Hot Flash"

2-3 m. This bush has a compact habit. Grows best in soil with organic matter added to retain moisture and nutrient. The soil must drain well it will die if it becomes waterlogged. It likes to be trimmed, which encourages new growth and makes a denser plant. Fertilize in autumn and spring with a general purpose fertiliser like Blood & Bone. Keep well watered through the hotter months.

Syzygium papyraceum

(Paperbark Satinash)

Very decorative small tree, 4 – 6 metres high, from North Queensland. It has attractive orange/red bark; small mauve flowers from September to November. Flowers are followed by bright, iridescent, purple, globular fruits about 3mm in diameter. Prefers a moist well drained position protected from frosts.

Syzygium wilsonii

(Powder Puff Lilly Pilly)

Rounded shrub to 2m x 2m, with lance-shaped leaves to 15cm long. Red new growth is a feature. Flowers are a fluffy ball about 10cm across, deep wine-red; spring and early summer, followed by whitish berries about 1.5cm long. Prefers a well drained soil with plenty of organic matter and compost, and a mulch to retain moisture, in shade or dappled sun only. Beautiful feature plant.

Thysanotus tuberosus

(Fringed Lily)

Small grass like plant with tuberous roots. Can be lost in the garden until they flower in spring and summer then the delicate mauve flowers with their fringed petals are very easily seen. They are carried in clusters on branching stems 10-20cm high. Grows in sunny, well drained spots with ample moisture. Could be best grown as a container so that when it dies down in the cooler months it will not be lost.

Toechima dasyrrhache

(Blunt-leaf Steelwood)

Small tree to 6 metres, smooth, greyish bark and slender branchlets covered with dull green lance-shaped leaves 5-10cms long with narrow blunt point. New shoots are covered with rusty hairs. Small creamy-brown flowers appear in short sprays during spring. They are followed by bright red capsules containing several shiny, oval seeds ripening in late spring and summer. Starts slowly and spindly but eventually becomes a bushy tree. Grows in most soils in sun or shade, benefits from mulching.

Tripladenia cunninghamii

(Bush Lily)

A small rainforest understorey plant, has many slender, wiry stems up to 40cm long with broad, shiny, stem-clasping leaves 4-10cm long. There are conspicuous longitudinal veins in the leaves. The open flowers are pale pink, 6-petalled and 1.5cm in diameter, appearing in spring and summer. Seeds are produced in small lobed capsules, 6-8mm diameter, green maturing to brown. Will grow very well in a moist shady position in the garden. Makes an excellent basket plant.

Westringia eremicola

Erect, open-branched shrub to 1.5 metres in stony soils and sunny open places. Narrow pointed leaves 15 – 20 mm long are in whorls of three. Small, 6mm, mauve flowers most of the year. Can be pruned to promote compact growth.

Wodyetia bifurcata

(Foxtail Palm)

A very popular and most attractive feather palm with a single trunk. Its leaves are pinnate, feathery and plume-like, up to 3 m long. It produces white flowers at the base of the crownshaft. The flowers are followed up by orange-red, egg-shaped or globular fruits up to 6 cm long. It grows quickly up to 15 m tall and is very adaptable. It will grow in most soils in sun or shade.

Xanthorrhoea macronema

(Coastal Grass Tree)

Slow-growing perennial with very long, grass-like, narrow leaves arching outwards from the centre of the plant, and an underground stem which rarely grows above ground level. The flower stems grow to 2m, topped by a spike of cream flowers with prominent stamens, give a bottle-brush effect. Grows in dappled shade under trees, in well drained soils, or in deep tub.

Xanthostemon oppositifolius

(Southern penda)

This vulnerable tree grows up to 15 m in ideal conditions. Leaves are opposite and 12 cm. The flowers are 15 mm and appear from winter to spring. It has 3-valved seed capsules to 12 mm.

Zieria smithii

(Dwarf Umbrella)

An open shrub 1.5 – 2 metres in height. Slender stems, dark trifoliate leaves, each leaflet about 5 cm long. Very aromatic when crushed. Small op/ien, white to pale pink flowers, carried in small clusters in leaf axils in spring. Suitable for most soils in sheltered positions.

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Society for Native Plants Queensland (NPQ)

The Caboolture Daytime Branch of the Native Plants Queensland (Previously SGAP) was begun in 1997 by enthusiastic residents keen to see more native plants in the district.

The branch is mainly interested in propagating plants that are endemic to the Caboolture District because these species will give the best results when placed in private gardens or public plantings. Meetings are held every Tuesday either at the Community Nursery at Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) for propagation work, or once a month at a different location to extend knowledge of local plant species and hold plant identification walks.

The branch has formed a working association with the Myall Park Botanic Garden, west of Dalby. This is the site of the late David Gordon's magnificent arid land plant collection, which features many grevilleas.

Membership is open to anyone interested in having fun and friendship together while learning about, and helping to achieve, a greater appreciation of Australia's wonderful native plants. ‑ Edgar Askew

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The Caboolture Branch of the Society for Native Plants Queensland (Previously SGAP) meets in the CREEC Nursery.

Propagation Days are held every on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Caboolture Region Environmental Centre (CREEC) Community Nursery, 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary, from approximately 9:00am to midday. Good facilities available. New members and visitors welcome.

Meeting and a walk at a different bush site - every 2nd Tuesday of each month at a different venue each time. Commencing at 9.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m.. Please bring morning tea, lunch, chair, sensible walking shoes, hat and insect repellent. Visitors welcome.

Excursions on 5th Tuesdays to an interesting site. 

This Branch was formed through the efforts of Barbara Henderson and members of Redcliffe and District Branch, who felt there was a need for a Branch of SGAP in the Caboolture area. Following the success of the Brisbane Daytime Branch on the south side of Brisbane, it was felt that a Daytime Branch would be the most appropriate.

The inaugural meeting was held on 8th July 1997, where Barbara Henderson was elected Chairman and Stuart Neal Secretary/Treasurer.

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