Category Archives: Lifeform – Palms

Carpentaria acuminata (Arecaceae)

Carpentaria acuminata (Carpentaria Palm) is the sole species in the genus Carpentaria, which is native to tropical coastal regions in the north of Northern Territory, Australia. Due to it’s attractive form and red fruits, it is widely grown in Cairns … Continue reading

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Laccospadix australasicus (Arecaceae)

A beautiful endemic undersotrey palm of wet mountain forests, one of the common names for this palm is the Mountain Mist Palm, inciting visions of the elegant silhouette against the dense evening mountain fog of upland rain forests. The red … Continue reading

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Normanbya normanbyi (Arecaceae)

Also known as the Black Palm, this palm is an iconic palm tree of Far North Queensland. As palms go, this palm has a very unique frond type found in very few palms – the leaflets are arranged spirally around … Continue reading

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Licuala ramsayi (Arecaceae)

Licuala ramsayi, aptly and more commonly known as the fan palm in this part of the world, forms colonies in lowland rain forest in the Daintree region. These veritable palm forests constitutes an iconic botanical experience for anyone who visits … Continue reading

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Nypa fruticans (Arecaceae)

A book should be written about the Nipa palm. By way of palms, it is unique, and placed in a subfamily of it’s own. Although it is not instantly obviously, subterraneanly the Nipa palm exhibits dichotomous branching – itself a … Continue reading

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Archontophoenix alexandrae (Arecaceae)

In the palm world, Alexander the Great is Alexander the Palm. Grows in rainforests, often near to creeks, or in conspicuously colonies in freshwater swamp forests, the Alexander palm must rank among one of Queensland’s most famous palms. It has … Continue reading

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Linospadix minor (Minor Walking Stick Palm) (Arecaceae)

I’ve always thought that these dainty little rainforest understorey palms have huge potential for horticulture. The fruits of this palm is also edible, although I have yet to try. There are a few other species of Linospadix in FNQ which … Continue reading

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