Close-up of the Mickey Mouse Plant (Ochna serrulata) showing darkening drupes ready to shed seed

Ochna serrulata

Those residents who live near – or enjoy exploring – the bushland in the Dawn Road Reserve may have noticed the distinctive Mickey Mouse Plant (Ochna serrulata). Its tell-tale green, glossy leaves with serrated margins plus its bright red stalks that carry berry-like ‘drupes’ – which turn from green to black – are not only…

The distinctive cumbungi (Typha domingensis) lines the waterway at the end of McConachie Court

Cumbungi (bullrush)

Whenever there are small streams or overland flows criss-crossing the Dawn Road Reserve, you are likely to see a north Queensland native water weed called cumbungi (Typha domingensis) – also known as bullrushes or ca’ts tails. Sadly, cumbungi has spread to south-east Queensland and you can find quite a bit of it along the stream that runs…

Easter cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) in flower with its prolific, bright yellow blooms

Easter cassia

The showy, bright-yellow flowering Easter cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) can grow to around 5m in height and is dotted throughout the Dawn Road Reserve, particularly where there are sunny clearings or openings in the overhead canopy. You have probably seen this eye-catching plant, alongside roads and waterways, or even in domestic gardens. After it…

Alexandra palms invaded the riparian zone at the end of McConachie Court

Alexandra palm

You see them in many places around Brisbane, including private gardens, but the tall Alexandra palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) can grow up to 30m in height, with a crown containing around 10-12 long leaves that themselves can measure up to 4.5m. Unfortunately, while they are native to northern parts of Queensland, the Alexander palm has become…

This weed species, wild tobacco, has sprung up all over the Dawn Road Reserve.

Wild tobacco

Wild tobacco (Solanum mauritianum) shrubs, which can grow up to 4m in height, can be seen in many places throughout the Dawn Road Reserve. Originally from Argentina, this weed forms dense stands and suppresses the growth of other species. According to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, wild tobacco likes disturbed sites and its…