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Flowers and Fruit

Besides adaptations to stems and leaves, adaptations also occur in flowers and fruits. Many amazing relationships exist between rainforest plants and their pollinators – the shape, colour, odour, flowering time and appearance of flowers have often evolved so specifically that perhaps only one or two species allows pollination to occur. Animals readily move from the forest floor to the canopy along vines and lianas, they also clamber across trunks and stems on what becomes a wooded networks of roads and highways travelling about the canopy. Some plants make use of these travel corridors by developing all or some of their flowers and fruit on their branches or on the side of their trunk – behavior known as ramiflory and cauliflory, respectively. As crawling or climbing animals pass by, they may stop to feast on the nectar, pollen or fruit, thus facilitating pollination or seed dispersal.

Hard Aspen, Acronychia laevis - Kim Hamilton

Brown Booyony, Argryodendron trifoliatum - Karen Sommerville

Narrow-leaved Gardenia, Atractocarpus chartaceus - Kim Hamilton

Native Gardenia, Atractocarpus fitzalanii - Kim Hamilton

Cassia Pea, Cassia brewsteri - Kim Hamilton

Hairy Clerodendrum, Clerodendrum tomentosum - Kim Hamilton

Narrow-leaved Palm Lily, Cordyline congesta - Kim Hamilton

Brown Silky Oak, Darlingia darlingiana - Kim Hamilton

Davidson's Plum, Davidsonia pruriens dissected fruit & seed - Karen Sommerville

Black Plum, Diospyros australis - Kim Hamilton

Blue Quandong, Elaeocarpus grandis - Kim Hamilton

Tamana, Elaeodendron curtipendulum - Kim Hamilton

White Tamarind, Elattostachys xylocarpa - Kim Hamilton

Bolwarra, Eupomatia laurina - Kim Hamilton

Glycosmis, Glycosmis trifoliata - Kim Hamilton

White Beech, Gmelina leichhardtii - Kim Hamilton

Tulipwood, Harpullia pendula - Kim Hamilton

Native Frangipani, Hymenosporum flavum - Kim Hamilton

White Cedar, Melia azedarach - Kim Hamilton

Lime Berry, Micromelum minutum - Zoe-Joy Newby

Screw Pine, Pandanus tectorius Kim Hamilton

Native Passionfruit, Passiflora herbertiana - Lotte Von Ricter

Deep Yellow Wood, Rhodosphaera rhodanthema - Kim Hamilton

Kangaroo Apple, Solanum aviculare - Kim Hamilton

Firewheel Tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus - Kim Hamilton

Red Cedar, Toona ciliata - Kim Hamilton

Cauliflory - buds emerging directly from the trunk - Zoe-Joy Newby

Cauliflorous flowers - Maurizio Rossetto

Cauliflorous fruits - Maurizio Rossetto