Along the Beach

Shore plants hold their own

Bronwen Scott
4 min readDec 24, 2022

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Sunny tropical beach scene with jetty and the rugged profile of Hinchinbrook Island in background.
Jetty and Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

One of the plants in my collection is the Blue or Dallachy’s Banksia (Banksia plagiocarpa). This species is restricted to munamudanamy/Hinchinbrook Island and a small area of the adjacent mainland where it grows in heathland above 200 metres. The flowers are blue-grey, an unusual colour in banksias. My plant is yet to bloom, but I hope it will one day. I worry that it is getting too much…

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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