A Morning Walk at Cairns Botanic Gardens

Palms and gingers and orchids, oh my!

Bronwen Scott
4 min readDec 3, 2021

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Beehive ginger (Zingiber, Zingiberaceae), Cairns Botanic Garden, FNQ. © Bronwen Scott.

The first time I saw Fan Palms (Licuala ramsayi, Arecaceae) in their natural habitat was at Tam O’Shanter State Forest (now Djiru National Park), Far North Queensland. I was on a night walk, hoping to photograph insects, frogs and other nocturnal animals. Although it was the dry season, the ground was muddy in places and my…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com