Calamus vitiensis (Arecaceae)

Calamus vitiensis

I was very glad to see this supposedly uncommon climbing palm on a short trip to Cape Tribulation. Despite it’s uncommonness, it can easily be distinguished by the cirri that extend from the ends of the pinnate leaf. None of the other lawyer vines in the rainforest of the wet tropics world heritage area have such a feature. Some palms (C. aruensis and C. warbugii) from further up north in Cape York also have this feature. This palm was previously called C. hollrungii. This species is also sometimes included under Calamus aruensis.

Calamus vitiensis

Calamus vitiensis

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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