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Alexandra palm

Alexandra Palm
Archontophoenix alexandrae

Native to central and northern Queensland, this elegant palm is at home in the high rainfall environment of the Daintree Rainforest

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Alexandrian Laurel

Alexandrian Laurel
Calophyllum inophyllum

A familiar evergreen tree along the tropical coast of Queensland, usually developing a short broad trunk and wide spreading branches.

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Ambrax butterfly

Ambrax butterfly
Papilio ambrax epigius

Found in northern Queensland, Aru Islands and Papua New Guinea.

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Ant Plant

Ant plant
Myrmecodia beccarii

A fascinating and strange looking epiphytic plant of far north queensland with a symiotic relationship with ants, butterflies and mistletoebirds.

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Antelope Orchid

Antelope Orchid
Dendrobium nindii

This species is essentially of the coastal swamplands and is distributed intermittently from the Johnstone River at Innisfail through eastern Cape York Peninsula and into New Guinea.

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Australasian darter

Australasian darter
Anhinga novaehollandiae

Often also called a "Snake bird" due to its appearance when swimming, where its long neck protrudes from the water and looks like a snake.

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Male Australasian Figbird

Australasian Figbird
Sphecotheres vieilloti

Often just referred to as "Figbird", the Australasian Figbird is the only Figbird in Australia.

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Australasian swamphen

Australasian swamphen
Porphyrio melanotus

Previously considered a sub species of the Purple swamp hen but now recognised as its own species.

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Australian Cashew Nut

Australian Cashew Nut
Semecarpus australiensis

A tree of medium size with a spreading canopy, closely resembling a mango tree in appearance.

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Fan palm

Australian fan palm
Licuala ramsayi

Easily recognised and common in the Daintree Rainforest, Licuala ramsayi's common name "Fan Palm" is apt.

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Australian Koel

Australian koel
Eudynamys cyanocephalus

Previously considered a subspecies of the Asian koel, Australian koels are also known as Stormbirds or Rainbirds due to there propensity for singing more before rain.

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Australian pine tree

Australian pine tree
Casuarina equisetifolia

This species of she-oak is common along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, often supporting epiphytes.

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Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher
Ceyx azureus

A strikingly coloured kingfisher native to Eastern Australia and New Guinea

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Backscratcher Ginger

Backscratcher Ginger
Tapeinochellos queenslandiae

These plants grow within the damp shaded conditions of the tropical rainforest. The pale-green leaves contrast beautifully with the dark shades of the surrounding vegetation.

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Ballerina Hibiscus

Ballerina Hibiscus
Hibiscus meraukensis

One of the many outstanding native hibiscus of tropical Queensland.

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Bar-shouldered dove

Bar-shouldered dove
Geopelia humeralis

Bar-shouldered doves are native to Australia and New Guinea and can grow to up to 30cm.

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Barred mudskipper

Barred mudskipper
Periophthalmus argentilineatus

Fascinating, amphibious fish, that can skip across the water to avoid predation, and spends most of its life on land.

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Barrintonia

Barringtonia
Barringtonia racemosa

BARRINGTONIA inhabits the coastal lowlands of north-east Queensland and attains a height of about 15 metres.

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Basket fern

Basket fern
Drynaria rigidula

Large, epiphytic, ferns found in wet, tropical areas like the rainforests between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Beach Barringtonia

Beach Barringtonia
Barringtonia asiatica

The genus Barringtonia is confined to the tropic regions of the world.

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Beach stone-curlew

Beach stone-curlew
Esacus magnirostris

Large ground dwelling bird that is becoming rare, especially south of Cairns.

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Birds Nest Fern

Birds nest fern
Asplenium nidus

Often mistaken for Asplenium australasicum, this fern is native to the tropical rainforests of north eastern Queensland

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Black Bean

Black Bean
Castanospermum australe

This majestic evergreen tree occurs in the rainforests from north-eastern New South Wales to tropical Queensland, and produces masses of brilliant blossoms during early summer.

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Black Bittern

Black bittern
Ixobrychus flavicollis

Up to 58cm in length, this is a large bittern, found in wetland areas.

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Black butcherbird

Black butcherbird
Melloria quoyi

More closely related to the Australian magpie, Black Butherbirds are proficient hunters and nest raiders.

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Black kite

Black kite
Milvus migrans

A common raptor, often seen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, occasionally in flocks.

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Black wattle

Black wattle
Acacia mangium

Also known as Hickory wattle, this species is endemic to the North Eastern Queensland and New Guinea.

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Black-fronted dotterel

Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops

A small wading plover found throughout much of Australia

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Black-necked stork

Black-necked stork
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Often known as the Jabiru, the Black-necked Stork is a truly impressive bird of wetland habitats.

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Black-winged stilt

Black-winged stilt
Himantopus himantopus

A medium sized, black and white wader found in fresh and brackish wetlands and mangroves.

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Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart
Homalanthus novo-guineensis

A very important pioneer species in the rainforest, quickly providing food, shade and leaf mulch for establishing new areas.

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Blue Bottle

Blue bottle
Physalia utriculus

Much maligned by swimmers in Australia (especially on the east coast), the Blue Bottle (also called Portugese Man of War) has a very painful sting.

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Blue lily

Blue lily
Nymphaea violacea

Usually found in the northern parts of Queensland and the Kimberleys

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Blue Sea Star

Blue Sea Star
Linckia laevigata

Growing up to 30cm, these starfish are found around often found in the shallow reefs and sea grass beds off Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation.

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Blue triangle butterfly

Blue triangle butterfly
Graphium sarpedon s. choredon

Striking butterfly that holds the record for most types of vision receptor cells of any insect.

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Blue-black urchin

Blue-black urchin
Echinothrix diadema

A tropical species of sea urchin often found in shallow fringing reefs.

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Blue-winged kookaburra

Blue-winged kookaburra
Dacelo leachii

Slightly smaller than the Laughing kookaburra, the Blue-winged kookaburra is native to the rainforest areas of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

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Bombax ceiba

Bombax
Bombax ceiba

Often referred to as "Cotton tree", this has to be one of the most striking trees in the Daintree region.

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Bottle-Brush Orchid

Bottle-Brush Orchid
Coelandria smillieae

(Dendrobium smillieae)
The BOTTLE-BRUSH ORCHID is distributed from the Burdekin River, to the tip of Cape York Peninsula, and then on into New Guinea.

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Brahminy kite

Brahminy kite
Haliastur indus

A distinctive bird of prey, with white head and breast, and red-brown wings and tail.

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Bronze Grevillea

Bronze Grevillea
Grevillea decora

A magnificent shrub growing to a height of 3 metres, it grows in the harsh conditions of inland tropical Queensland.

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Brown cuckoo-dove

Brown cuckoo-dove
Macropygia phasianella

Also known as the "brown pigeon", or "pheasant pigeon", Brown cuckoo-doves occur along the east coast and up into the tablelands, all the way from Cape York to the Victorian border.

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Brown Silky Oak

Brown Silky Oak
Darlingia darlingiana

A magnificent tree from the rainforests of tropical Queensland, where it attains a height of about 30 metres, but grown in cultivation it is unlikely to grow so tall.

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Burny Bean

Burny Bean
Mucuna gigantea

A tall woody climber common along the watercourses in lowland rainforests of tropical Queensland.

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Bush stone-curlews

Bush stone-curlew
Burhinus grallarius

When you hear a scream at night, it is quite possibly just one of these interesting birds.

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Bushy club moss
Lycopodium deuterodensum

These ancient, spore bearing, vascular plants are closely related to ferns.

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Buttercup Orchid

Buttercup Orchid
Cymbidium madidum

The BUTTERCUP ORCHID extends from north-eastern New South Wales to the top of Cape York Penninsula.

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Button Orchid

Button orchid
Dischidia nummularia

This is not actually an orchid, but is actually in the Milkweed family.

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Byfield fern
Bowenia serrulata

Although it may look like a fern (hence its common name), this is in fact a cycad, of the same genus as the "Zamia Fern".

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Cactus Algae

Cactus Algae
Halimeda opuntia

A species of green macroalgae common on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Male Cairns Birdwing

Cairns Birdwing
Ornithoptera euphorion

Large and spectacularly coloured butterfly endemic to north eastern Australia

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Pothos Longipes

Candle Vine or Guyu
Pothos longipes

A hemi-epiphyte of lowland rainforest, with an interesting adaptation for capturing light under the canopy

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Cannonball mangrove
Xylocarpus granatum

This is a fascinating mangrove with spectacular flowers, exploding fruit and a puzzled to intrigue.

It is also known as a "Puzzle nut" or "Cedar mangrove" due respectively to its fruit and relation to Red Cedar.

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Cape York Lily

Cape York Lily
Curcuma australasica

This is not actually a lily, but a ginger and is in the turmeric family (yes it is edible).

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 Cape York Wattle

Cape York Wattle
Acacia humifusa

CAPE YORK WATTLE is a small shrub occurring in Cape York Peninsula and some adjacent off-shore islands.

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Southern Cassowary

Cassowary (Southern)
Casuarius casuarius

Found only in far north Queensland and New Guinea, the Southern Cassowary is the second largest bird in the world (after the ostrich).

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Cassowary Plum

Cassowary Plum
Cerbera floribunda

Producing the large blue, egg shaped fruit that is a favourite of Cassowaries, this tree is reliant on the Cassowary to spread the seed through the rainforest.

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Cattle Egret

Cattle egret
Bubulcus ibis

Often easy to spot, in paddocks with cattle on the side of the road, where they feed on insects.

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Cat`s whiskers

Cat`s whiskers
Orthosiphon aristatus

A beautiful bird and butterfly attracting plant found in far north Queensland.

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Christmas Orchid

Christmas Orchid
Calanthe triplicata

One tends to overlook the native terrestrial orchids of tropical Queensland for they are somewhat overshadowed by the epiphytic species.

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Cluster Fig

Cluster Fig
Ficus racemosa

The CLUSTER FIG is a tree of medium height with a spreading canopy, and occurs along the coast of northern Australia.

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Coarse climbing fern

Coarse climbing fern
Lygodium reticulatum

A very attractive climbing fern with tough, wire like, stems, native to north east Queensland and Polynesia

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Cocky Apple Flower

Cocky Apple
Melastoma affine

As is often the case common names can be confusing for this is not the COCKY APPLE of the Planchaonia genus.

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Coconut tree

Coconut tree
Cocoeae Cocos

This iconic species can be found along almost all the beaches between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.

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Common Tree Fern

Common tree fern
Cyanthea rebeccae

This is the most common tree fern of both the coastal and highland rainforests of tropical Queensland.

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Cooktown Orchid

Cooktown Orchid
Dendrobium bigibbum (white form)

The uncommon white form of the COOKTOWN ORCHID has warm appeal in its apparent fragility.

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Cooktown Orchid

Cooktown Orchid
Dendrobium bigibbum (mauve form)

Queensland's state floral emblem, the COOKTOWN ORCHID is a popular and attractive horticultural species and has been cultivated widely for many years.

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Cook`s Glory

Cook`s Glory
Operculina riedeliana

Found in the coastal areas of far north-eastern Queensland where it trails over bushland, adjacent to the beaches and on rocky headlands.

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Cordyline

Cordyline
Cordyline terminalis

This is a common understory plant in the rainforests throughout Queensland and may attain a height of about 6 metres.

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Cotton Tree - Hibiscus tiliaceus

Cotton Tree
Hibiscus tiliaceus

The COTTON TREE is common along the seashore dunes and estuaries of tropical Queensland.

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Cowley Myrtle

Cowley Myrtle
Myrtella obtusa

COWLEY MYRTLE is a bushy little shrub which grows to about 1 metre and is distributed along the foreshores of tropical Queensland as an understory occupant of the open forests.

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Crows nest fern

Crows nest fern
Asplenium australasicum

A common fern, seen growing on rocks or on other trees in the rainforest.

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Male Cruiser butterfly

Cruiser butterfly
Vindula arsinoe

Mainly orange-yellow, with black markings, cruiser butterflies stand out in the rainforest, and feed. on native passion vines (Passifloraceae)

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Cunjevoi

Cunjevoi
Alocasia Macrorrhiza

Common along waterways in the high rainfall coastal areas and adjacent tableland regions.

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Double-eyed fig parrot

Double-eyed fig parrot
Cyclopsitta diophthalma

The Double-eyed fig parrot is the smallest parrot found in Australia.

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Dugong

Dugong
Dugong dugon

Also known as Sea cows, Dugong are the only mammals in the ocean that are strictly herbivorous.

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Dusky Swamp Orchid

Dusky Swamp Orchid
Phaius tancarvilliae

This is the giant of our terrestrial orchids, attaining a height of up to 210cm when in flower, however it is often much shorter.

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Great Egret

Eastern Great Egret
Ardea alba modesta

A subspecies of the Great Egret found throughout Oceania and Asia.

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Osprey

Eastern Osprey
Pandion cristatus

A medium sized fish hunting raptor, common along the coast and rivers.

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Eastern reef egret

Eastern reef egret
Egretta sacra

Interestingly, this species can either be white, or grey.

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Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon
Intellagama lesueurii

Also know as the `Australian Water Dragon`, Eastern Water Dragons are excellent swimmers and climbers.

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Electric fern

Electric fern
Selaginella longipinna

A fascinating example of a prehistoric plant, commonly referred to as a "fern ally", or club moss.

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Feather Heads

Feather Heads
Ptilotus macrocephalus

Appearing like grass seeds at a distance, closer inspection of this delightful species reveals one of the most delicate of the tropical wildflowers.

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Fire Lily

Fire Lily
Typhonium sp.

The genus name Typhanium is derived from typho meaning, "to burn", referring to the acrid juice in the plant.

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Flame Tree

Flame Tree
Brachychiton acerifolium

The range of this beautiful tree extends from Illawarra in northern New South Wales to the Bellenden Ker Range in north Queensland.

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Flypaper Trap

Flypaper Trap
Byblis liniflora

A common trailing plant of tropical Queensland, inhabiting the grassy undergrowth on the wet plains; near creeks, bogs and waterholes of the inland areas.

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Forest kingfisher

Forest kingfisher
Todiramphus macleayii

Found in along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, you will often spot these fishers, near a river close to the coast.

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Forked fern

Forked fern
Dicranopteris linearis

Commonly seen in disturbed areas, like roadside embankments, this fern forms in masses as it spreads over a wide area.

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Fringed Lily

Fringed Lily
Thysanotus tuberosus

An erect herb with tuberous roots, it is prolific in wet grassland of tropical Queensland.

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Giant Clam

Giant Clam
Tridacna (Tridacna) gigas

The largest living bivalve mollusk and found on the Great Barrier Reef, the Giant Clam can grow to over 1 metre and over 200kg in weight and live for over 100 years.

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Giant Waterlily
Nymphaea gigantea

Waterlilies bloom for most of the year in the lagoons and gently flowing waterways of tropical Queensland.

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Ginger Nut Sedge

Ginger Nut Sedge
Gahnia sieberana

This sedge occurs in all eastern states. The long narrow leaves have very sharp saw-like margins, and the black inflorescence appears atop a stout stem up to 2 metres tall.

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Goats Foot Morning Glory

Goat`s Foot Morning Glory
Ipomoea pes-caprae

A tough vine of the coastal sand dunes and sea-shores.

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Goblet waxcap

Goblet waxcap
Hygrocybe cantharellus

A scarlet orange mushroom of the waxcap genus, found worldwide.

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Golden Orchid

Golden Orchid
Dendrobium discolor

Mention the GOLDEN ORCHID and one's thoughts automatically go to the eastern lowlands of tropical Queensland where it thrives in exposed situations on trees and rocks.

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Goulds bronze cuckoo
Chrysococcyx minutillus

Native to north-eastern Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea lowland tropical moist rainforests.

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Graceful honeyeater

Graceful honeyeater
Meliphaga gracilis

Very difficult to distinguish from the Yellow-spot honeyeater and the Lewin's Honey Eater, however can be identified by the call.

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Graceful Orchid

Graceful Orchid
Dendrobium gracilicaule var. gracilicaule

This dainty little orchid is found as far north as the Bloomfield River in Cape York Peninsula.

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Grasstree

Grasstree
Zanthorrhoea arborea

The genus is limited to Australia and these elegant plants are a familiar sight with their crown of long narrow leaves and tall, slender flower spikes.

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Great Eggfly

Great Eggfly
Hypolimnas bolina

Also known as the Common eggfly, or Blue moon butterfly, this butterfly is a model mother.

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Great-billed heron

Great-billed heron
Ardea sumatrana

Australias largest heron, it hunts its prey in shallow water.

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Greater Crested Tern

Greater Crested Tern
Thalasseus bergii subsp. cristata

Greater Crested Terns can be seen in large colonies along the rocky coast and small islands between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Greater sand plover

Greater sand plover
Charadrius leschenaultii

This small wader can often be spotted along the intertidal areas between Cairn and Cape Tribulation hunting for food.

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Green ant

Green ant
Oecophylla smaragdina

If you are spending any time in between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, you are bound to meet or possibly eat these angry insects.

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Green oriole

Green oriole
Oriolus flavocinctus

A shy and inconspicuous bird found foraging for fruit in dense rainforest.

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Green Paperbark

Green Paperbark
Melaleuca viridflora

The boggy, infertile soils of the coastal flats of tropical Queensland are often dominated by this small tree, which has thick layered bark.

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Green Tree Snake

Green Tree Snake
Dendrelaphis punctulatus

A common, attractive, and harmless snake common in the wet tropics of northern Queensland.

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Greenbrier

Greenbrier
Smilax australis

Found throughout coastal Queensland and on some off-shore islands.

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Grey Fantail

Grey fantail
Rhipidura albiscapa

A small insectivorous bird of the "old world" passerine order.

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Guinea Bush

Guinea Bush
Hibbertia banksii

This species is named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks, the famed botanist of Captain Cook's voyage.

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Hairy Randia

Hairy Randia
Atractocarpus hirtus

This small tree occurs in the rainforest understory and commences flowering when little more than a metre tall.

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Headache Vine

Headache Vine
Clematis glycinoides

This tall climber favours the rainforests and sheltered gullies of coastal Queensland.

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Heath Wattle

Heath Wattle
Acacia legnota

A small open tree, favouring the heathlands of the north-eastern coast of tropical north-eastern coast of tropical Queensland.

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Helmeted friarbird

Helmeted friarbird
Philemon buceroides yorki

Found along the east coast of Queensland, this varient of the Hemeted friarbird has a large knob on its bill as well as a bare grey facial skin and a red eye.

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Hemigrapsus sp

Hemigrapsus sp.
Hemigrapsus sp.

Found between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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 Hickory Wattle

Hickory Wattle
Acacia crassicarpa

A medium tree making a magnificent display with masses of brilliant yellow flowers during winter.

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Holly-leaf Mangrove

Holly-leaf Mangrove
Acanthus ilicifolius

Common in most coastal swamps and littoral margins where it sometimes forms groves.

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Hopes Cycad

Hope`s Cycad
Lepidozamia hopei

The largest species of cycad, growing to over 15 metres in height.

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Ironwood

Ironwood
Xanthostemon umbrosus

A small open, spreading tree from inland Cape York Peninsula favouring the higher stony ridges.

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King Fern

King Fern
Angiopteris evecta

This giant fern can have fronds up to 9 metres long (the longest of any fern in the world) and has been at home in Australia for over 300 million years.

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King Orchid

King Orchid
Dendrobium speciosum

This is the KING ORCHID of tropical Queensland and the ROCK LILY of New South Wales.

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Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor
Varanus varius

One of the Monitors often refereed to as "Goanna", they can grow to over 2m and are often seen foraging for food.

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 Laughing kookaburra

Laughing kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

An iconic Australian bird with the one of the most distinctive calls of any Australian bird.

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Lewins honeyeater

Lewin`s honeyeater
Meliphaga lewinii

Preferring the wetter areas of eastern Australia, this small bird is often seen in the upper branches of trees, feeding on fruit and insects.

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Little Pied Cormorant

Little pied cormorant
Microcarbo melanoleucos

A communal bird that lives on the edges of swamps and rivers where it can feed.

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Lollybrush
Clerodendrum floribundum

A tall attractive shrub which occurs along the coastal lowlands and on the offshore islands of tropical Queensland.

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Lotus

Lotus
Nelumbo nucifera

Also known as the Sacred lotus, or Indian lotus, this water plant has spectacular flowers up to 20cm in diameter.

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Male Lovely fairywren

Lovely fairywren
Malurus amabilis

Only occurring in north east Queensland and the Gulf country, the Lovely Fairywren is a lively little bird.

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Juvenile Maori Wrasse

Maori Wrasse
Cheilinus undulatus

Often also called Humphead Wrasse or Napolean Wrasse, this is the largest fish of the family Labridae, and males can grow up to 2 metres in length.

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Marine Vine

Marine Vine
Vigna marina

A vigorous inhabitant of the coastal dunes, with attractive trifoliate leaves.

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Marshwort

Marshwort
Nymphoides indica

MARSHWORT is another fof the beautiful aquatic plants inhabiting the freshwater ponds, lakes and slow flowing streams of the tropics.

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Masked Lapwing Plover

Masked Lapwing Plover
Vanellus miles

Often maligned for their bold (and aggressively defensive) nesting habits, Lapwing Plovers are usually shy and harmless.

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Mat Rush

Mat Rush
Lomandra banksii

This rush-like perennial often occurs in similar habitat to the GRASSTREE (Xanthorrhoea).

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Maytown Grevillea

Maytown Grevillea
Grevillea dryandri

An appealing prostrate shrub attaining a height of about 1 metre and is found over the inland areas of Cape York Peninsula.

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Meadow Dye

Meadow Dye
Indigofera pratensis

An eye catching perennial growing to a height of approximately 1.5 metres.

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Merremia peltata

Merremia
Merremia peltata

Prolific in disturbed areas of rainforest, especially along the edge of farmland and roadsides.

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Metallic starling

Metallic starling
Aplonis metallica

Often seen in large flocks, following fruiting trees, Metallic Starlings are a glossy black with a coloured purple-green "sheen" to the coat which gives them there common name.

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Mistletoebird

Mistletoebird
Dicaeum hirundinaceum

As its name suggests these active birds feed mainly on the berries of mistletoe plants (although it will catch insects to feed its young).

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 Molloy Box

Molloy Box
Eucalyptus leptophieba

This summer flowering tree occurs in Cape York Peninsula on flat or gently undulating terrain where it attains a height of about 10 metres.

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Mottled flower scarab

Mottled flower scarab
Protaetia fusca

You will usually see these by night, where they are attracted to lights, and end up on you verandah.

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Mud Crab

Mud Crab
Scylla serrata

Most often seen on dinner plates, this is an impressive crab found in the estuaries between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night heron
Nycticorax caledonicus

Also known as the Rufous Night Heron, this is a medium sized heron that is mostly nocturnal.

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 Native Banana

Native Banana
Musa banksii

Closely resembling the cultivated banana plant in appearance the native species is common in the lowland tropical rainforest, especially along watercourses.

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Native Cardamon

Native Cardamon
Hornstedtia scottiana

A herb, attaining a height of about 4 metres, this native ginger is found in the rainforests of lowland tropical Queensland.

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Native Crepe Myrtle

Native Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia archeriana

An exciting shrub with smooth, light coloured bark, growing to about 5 metres.

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Native Dutchman`s Pipe

Native Dutchman`s Pipe
Aristolochia tagala

An evergreen climber with an interesting flower, fairy basket style seed pod and a breeding ground for huge butterflies

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Native Jasmine

Native Jasmine
Jasminum aemulum

NATIVE JASMINE is found on the coastal lowlands and some off shore islands of north-eastern Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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Native Kapok flower

Native Kapok
Cochiospermum gillivraei

Attaining a height of 5-6 metres, the NATIVE KAPOK is a slender deciduous shrub.

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Native Passionfruit

Native Passionfruit
Passiflora aurantia

This native creeper grows along tropical mainland foreshores, and on some offshore islands.

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Native Violet

Native Violet
Boea hygroscopica

This remarkable little perennial flourishes in the moss and humus upon rocks which are kept damp by the tropical "wet".

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Needle Berry

Needle Berry
Rhaphidophora australasica

A common root climber in the tropical rainforests of North Queensland, where it often attains a considerable height.

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Northern brown bandicoot

Northern brown bandicoot
Isoodon macrourus

If you are outside at night, especially in open grassy areas, you are likely to encounter this critter.

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Northern Coral Pea

Northern Coral Pea
Hardenbergia retusa

A course climber forming tangled thickets, occurring in both coastal and inland areas.

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Northern golden orb weaver

Northern golden orb weaver
Nephila pilipes

One of the largest spiders in the world, the Giant Golden Orb Spider can reach a total length of 20cm (body size of up to 5cm).

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Northern jewelled spider

Northern jewelled spider
Gasteracantha fornicata

A small, but distinctive, member or the orb weaver family (Araneidae).

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Northern pencil orchid

Northern pencil orchid
Dockrillia calamiformis

An epiphyte common around the Daintree Rainforest with a white flower and "pencil like" leaf.

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Oak Orchid

Oak Orchid
Dendrobium ruppianum

A beautiful robust orchid, it occurs on the ranges and highlands of tropical Queensland and occasionally in the lowland gorges.

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Ochrosia

Ochrosia
Ochrosia elliptica

This tree occurs mainly among the mangroves right along the Queensland coast and is particularly plentiful in tropical areas.

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October Glory

October Glory
Faradaya splendida

It climbs over trees along water courses and along the verge of the rainforest in tropical Queensland.

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Female sunbird

Olive-backed Sunbird
Cinnyris jugularis

Also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird, you will often find the nest of these beautiful birds in public places, like verandas and gazebos.

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Orange bushbrown

Orange bushbrown
Mycalesis terminus terminus

Common in tropical north Queensland, the Orange bushbrown feeds mainly on rotting fruit, but will also feed on nectar and sap.

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Orange footed fiddler crab

Orange footed fiddler crab
Uca coarctata

Looking around tidal mud banks will often be rewarded with a sighting of these interesting and showy crabs.

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Orange-footed scrubfowl

Orange-footed scrubfowl
Megapodius reinwardt

Building huge mounds for nests, these chicken sized megapodes are a regular sight between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.

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Ovalbone cuttlefish

Ovalbone cuttlefish
Sepia elliptica

Related to octopus, squid and nautiluses, cuttlefish are considered one of the most intelligent invertebrates.

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Pacific baza

Pacific baza
Aviceda subcristata

Also known as the Crested hawk, this is a small long-tailed hawk with a distinctive crest on its head.

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Pacific black duck

Pacific black duck
Anas superciliosa

A dark, dabbling, duck with growing up to 55-60cm in size.

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Pandoras Vine

Pandoras Vine
Pandorea nervosa

An attractive twiner from the dense rainforests of the tropical tablelands.

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Papuan Frogmouth on its nest

Papuan frogmouth
Podargus papuensis

The longest of the frogmouths, the Papuan Frogmouth grows to around 53cm.

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Perisesarma lividum

Perisesarma lividum
Perisesarma lividum

Agressive little crab that will take on anything that doesn't fight back.

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Pheasant coucal

Pheasant coucal
Centropus phasianinus subs. melanurus

A large (up to 70cm) species of cuckoo that is found in far north Queensland and New Guinea's sub tropical moist lowland rainforest.

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Pied imperial pigeon

Pied imperial pigeon
Ducula bicolor

A large, attractive, mostly white pigeon that can be seen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation during the wet season.

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Pied oystercatcher

Pied oystercatcher
Haematopus longirostris

A commonly seen wading bird along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Polandii
Melaleuca polandii

A truly beautiful, bushy shrub, found in the swamplands of north-eastern Queensland.

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Pom-Pom Bush

Pom-Pom Bush
Syzygium wilsonii

This species must surely be one of the prettiest shrubs of the rainforests of tropical Queensland.

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Powder-Puff Wattle

Powder-Puff Wattle
Acacia flavescens

The young shoots of the POWDER-PUFF WATTLE with a fleecy coating of pale yellow and brown are almost as attractive as the inflorescence.

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Purple climber crab

Purple climber crab
Metopograpsus sp.

These are a small (less than 4cm) crab that lives in mangrove areas.

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Pygmy Flowered Paperbark

Pygmy Flowered Paperbark
Melaleuca acacioides

A small tree found in Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands.

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Radjah shelduck

Radjah shelduck
Tadorna radjah

Also known as the Black-backed Shelduck or the Burdekin Duck, this is a strikingly coloured black and white duck with green bands on the top of the wings that can be seen from above when in flight.

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Rainbow bee-eater

Rainbow bee-eater
Merops ornatus

An aptly named and striking bird commonly seen around the Daintree Region

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Rainbow lorikeet

Rainbow lorikeet
Trichoglossus moluccanus

An unmistakable, brightly coloured parrot of the rainforest and woodland areas.

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Red Beech

Red Beech
Dillenia alata

Dilenia is a tropical genus, the only Australian species, alata is endemic.

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Red Hibiscus

Red Hibiscus
Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus

Found in many localities within tropical Queensland this species presents a particularly beautiful display on the flats of Sheppard Creek at Jowalbinna, west of Laura.

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 Red Mistletoe

Red Mistletoe
Dendrophthoe falcata

A small parasitic shrub which bears cascades of brilliant flowers. Host trees are predominantly wattle (Acacia sp.).

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Red-winged parrot

Red-winged parrot
Aprosmictus erythropterus

This parrot is found in grassland, savannah and woodland of northern and north-eatern Australia as well as New Guinea.

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Male Rhino Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetle
Xylotrupes ulysses

A sub-family of the scarab beetle, "Rhino Beetles" are an impressive (and almost intimidating) insect.

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Tecomanthe sp. Roaring Meg

Roaring Meg
sp. Roaring Meg

An undescribed species of the genus Tecomanthe, similar to "Fraser Island Creeper" (Tecomanthe hillii).

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Robber fly

Robber fly
Zosteria sp.

Also aptly named the Assasin fly, these insects are a large, impressive fly with a nasty reputation.

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Rosy Apple

Rosy Apple
Phaleria clerodendron

Scarcely attaining a height of 4 metres this shrub is an understory inhabitant of the lowland rainforests of North Queensland.

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Royal Mistletoe

Royal Mistletoe
Loranthus grandibractea

Found in the open forest of Cape York Peninsula this spectacular mistletoe makes a magnificent display.

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Royal Spoonbill

Royal spoonbill
Platalea regia

Also known as the black-billed spoonbill, it is often encountered wading on intertidal flats using its wide bill to catch small fish, crabs and frogs.

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Forest kingfisher

Sacred kingfisher
Todiramphus sanctus

The Polynesians believed this medium sized kingfisher had power over the waves, hence the common name of Sacred kingfisher.

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Baby Saltwater Crocodiles

Saltwater Crocodile
Crocodylus porosus

North Queenslands iconic apex predator, this is why you don't swim in the rivers up here.

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Sand Bubbler

Sand Bubbler
Scopimera inflata

Have you ever wondered what the tiny balls of sand are on our beaches, well this little crab is responsible.

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Sea sawdust

Sea sawdust
Trichodesmium sp.

When out on the ocean, you may come across a giant red/brown or greenish "slick" and wonder what it is.

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Male shining flycatcher

Shining fly catcher
Myiagra alecto

The male shining flycatcher is a black, and shining, dark blue, whilst the female is brown with a white belly.

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Slender Bindweed

Slender Bindweed
Ipomoea gracilis

This is a slender twiner on light sandy soil in central Cape York Peninsula.

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Snowflake Ginger

Snowflake Ginger
Alpinia arctiflora

The stems of this plant may attain a height of 4 metres with leaves up to 40cm in length.

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Spangled drongo

Spangled drongo
Dicrurus bracteatus

The only Australian Drongo, it can be easily identified by its forked tale and glossy black plumage.

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Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox
Pteropus conspicillatus

These cute yet noisy flying mammals are a common sight, in huge numbers along the Daintree River.

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Spider Lily

Spider Lily
Crinum pedunculatum

A vigorous, fleshy herb, the SPIDER LILY carries a multitude of buds upon a tall stately stem.

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Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid
Dendrobiu tetragonum

The fine spidery flowers, broad, glossy leaves and sweet fragrance are qualities enough to make this orchid a favourite.

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Splendid Orchid

Splendid Orchid
Dendrobium superbiens

Another superb native orchid from the tropical north.

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Spotted whistling duck

Spotted whistling duck
Dendrocygna guttata

A recent arrival to Australia, now with a resident population on the Daintree River.

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Stinger

Stinger
Dendrocnide moroides

Known as GIMPI-GIMPI in southern Queensland and STINGER in north Queensland this would surely be, literally, the most abused plant in the tropics.

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Ficus obliqua

Strangler fig
Ficus obliqua

Also known as the Small leaved fig, Ficus obliqua has a unique method of getting to the light in the rainforest

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Sugarbag bees

Sugarbag bees
Tetragonula carbonaria

A small, native, stingless bee which plays an important role in pollinating many species.

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Swamp Crinum

Swamp Crinum
Crinum uniflorum

This is one of the smaller Crinum to be found in tropical Queensland.

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Swamp Lily

Swamp Lily
Ottelia ovalifolia

An aquatic plant found in shallow freshwater ponds in all mainland states.

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 Tea-Tree Orchid

Tea-Tree Orchid
Dendrobium canaliculatum

Ranging from the Fitzroy River north to the Endeavour River, this fragrant orchid flourishes from sea-level to about 1000 metres.

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Terek sandpiper

Terek sandpiper
Xenus cinereus

Named after the river where it was first spotted, near the Caspian Sea, this is a small migratory wader often seen in shallows around the coast.

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Trigger Plant

Trigger Plant
Stylidium eriorrhizum

Sir Joseph Banks and Solander collected five Australian species of TRIGGER PLANTS during their enforced stay at the Endeavour River in 1770.

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Tropical birds nest

Tropical birds nest
Asplenium simplicifrons

This fern has more slender leaves than the more well known Birds nest ferns, and is restricted to north eastern Queensland

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Tropical Feather Flower

Tropical Feather Flower
Homoranthus sp.

An occupant of some of the harshest country in Cape York Peninsula this sparse, twiggy shrub enhances the area with a distinctive but pleasantly sweet perfume.

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Tropical Pitcher Plant

Tropical Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes mirabilis

This is the largest Australian carnivorous plant.

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Twining Guinea Flower

Twining Guinea Flower
Hibbertia scandens

Probably the best known species of the genus, the TWINING GUINEA FLOWER is a vigorous trailing plant.

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Ulysses Butterfly

Ulysses Butterfly
Papilio ulysses

Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio Ulysses) are one of the iconic species of the Daintree Region, however, did you know these interesting facts about our colourful friends.

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 Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree
Schefflera actinophylla

The genus is limited to this one species, which is endemic to Australia.

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Varied triller

Varied triller
Lalage leucomela

A member of the cuckoo-shrike family, varied trillers a common in the Daintree Rainfores where they like the warm humid environment.

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Variegated Melaleuca

Variegated Melaleuca
Melaleuca symphyocarpa

This delightful shrub deserves wider recognition. It favours fesh-water swaps, lagoons, water courses and low lying open woodlands.

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Wadsworth Orchid

Wadsworth Orchid
Bulbophyllum wadsworthii

A species of the eastern tropics distributed from the Burdekin River to the Endavour River.

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Wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed eagle
Aquila audax

The largest bird of prey in Australia, Wedge-tailed eagles are a magnificent sight with an unmistakable "wedge shaped" tail.

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Welcome Swallow

Welcome swallow
Hirundo neoxena

Adapting to human habitat well, these small swallows are quite colourful and a common site between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.

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Immature White-bellied sea eagle

White-bellied sea eagle
Haliaeetus leucogaster

A large, distinctive raptor with a white head, body and wings and grey upperparts.

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White-browed crake

White-browed crake
Amaurornis cinerea

A small (15-20cm) ground dwelling bird in the Rail (Rallidae) family.

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White-faced heron

White-faced heron
Egretta novaehollandiae

A medium sized heron common throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

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White-lipped tree frog

White-lipped tree frog
Litoria infrafrenata

An icon of the Daintree Rainforest, the White-lipped tree frog is the largest tree frog in the world.

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Wompoo fruit dove

Wompoo fruit dove
Ptilinopus magnificus

A large, spectacularly coloured fruit dove found in tropical north Queensland and into New Guinea.

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Wonga Wonga Vine

Wonga Wonga Vine
Pandorea pandorana

A vigorous, woody creeper which extends along the coastline of the eastern states and is common in north-eastern Queensland.

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Woody Caper

Woody Caper
Capparis arborea

The WOODY CAPER has dull green leaves and carries numerous pale cream flowers.

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Woolly Water Lily

Woolly Water Lily
Philydrum lanuginosum

A stately perennial, which grows to a height of about 1 metre.

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Yellow bridal veil

Yellow bridal veil
Phallus multicolor

Related to the more well known stinkhorn, Bridal veil (Phallus indusiatus), the fruiting bodies of these fungi put on a spectacular display.

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Yellow necklacepod

Yellow necklacepod
Sophora tomentosa

Considered an endangered species in Australia, necklacepod is a legume with distinctive yellow flowers and seed pods.

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Yellow-spotted honeyeater

Yellow-spotted honeyeater
Meliphaga notata

Also known as the Lesser lewin, this olive-brown and grey bird is endemic to north Queensland.

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Yellow-striped flutterer

Yellow-striped flutterer
Rhyothemis phyllis

A thick set dragonfly, found in northern Australia around still, fresh water.

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Ylang-Ylang

Ylang-Ylang
Cananga odorata

Also known as the "Cananga Tree" or "Ilang-Ilang", the perfume from this tree is often used in aromatherapy and perfume.

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Zamia fern

Zamia fern
Bowenia spectabilis

This is not actually a fern, but a cycad in the Stangeriaceae family

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Zamia Palm

Zamia Palm
Cycas media

In ages past, cycads and associated plants were widespread and formed a substantial percentage of the world's vegetation.

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