The Imperial System and the Tropical Hydrangea

Unexpected connections…

Bronwen Scott
5 min readApr 22, 2023

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Big cluster of exuberant pink flowers hanging down against a backdrop of a large garden.
Tropical Hydrangea (Dombeya wallichii), Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

I was about to leave when my friend asked, ‘Have you seen the Tropical Hydrangea?’

I hadn’t. Hydrangeas are staples of older, long-established gardens and they seem to have gone out of fashion, displaced by native species such as Grevillea and Melaleuca. They grow well on the Atherton Tablelands, where the red Pin Gin…

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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