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Brilliant Rainforest Butterflies

There are two iconic and strikingly beautiful butterflies in Australia’s Tropical Rainforests, the electric blue Ulysses and the dazzling jade, Cairns Birdwing. The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) has a wingspan of up to 20cm, making it Australia’s largest butterfly;... read more

Rainforest Umbrella

Rainforest resident, popular houseplant or notorious weed; however you label it, the ubiquitous Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla) is hard to miss in Tropical North Queensland during February and March. While the Umbrella Tree’s fruits are its most eye-catching feature... read more

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

The Flame Tree’s flowers can cover the entire tree with a sea of red, lasting for two or three weeks before they are replaced by hairy fruits that store a cache of nutritious yellow seeds. Gloves should be used when handling the fruit, as they are covered by a mesh of fine... read more

Black Bean Beauty

Clinical trials were held to test this theory, but due to uncertainty regarding side-effects (it is toxic, remember!) it was eventually dropped for a different compound. However, castanospermine is still used as a base for developing other compounds, and has been found to... read more

Brush-turkey: Rainforest Rake

The Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) is the product of 130 million years of rainforest history and evolution, a descendant of birds from the ancient super-continent Gondwana. The Brush-turkey is a member of the Megapodidae family, of which only three species now... read more