Cape York Peninsula tagged posts

Nov 2011 – Borassus Flabellifer

Borassus Flabellifer

Borassus Flabellifer
(Toddy Palm, Lontar, Sea Apple)

This tall palm is frequently noticeable in drier tropical regions where it grows to perfection. It is native to India and Malaysia and is widespread and common in open situations, frequently growing in dry, sandy soils near the coast and often forming communities.

The hard, black trunks are often curved and bear a dead skirt beneath the crown of large (3 Meter across), rigid, blue-green, fan-shaped leaves. In its native state the very old plants are cut for their hard, black timber and also the sap is topped to yield palm sugar and the leaves may be made into paper.

When fresh, the large, black fruit (almost as large as coconuts) contain one to three large seeds which are surrounded by a layer of orange, fibrous flesh which is sweet and j...

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Mar 2011 – Wodyetia Bifurcata

Wodyetia Bifurcata

Wodyetia Bifurcata
(Foxtail Palm, 狐尾椰子)

A delightful palm which has exploded in popularity and is now widely planted in many countries.

Plants have proved to be fast growing and adaptable. Best growth is achieved in drier tropical regions but success has also been gained in the subtropics. Plants demand good drainage but seedlings will take hot sun from an early age.

Ornamental features include a slender, closely ringed, columnar to slightly bottle shaped trunk, graceful, arching, densely plumose fronds, a slender crownshaft and colourful clusters of large, orange-red fruit. The species occurs naturally in the Melville Range, near Bathurst Bay on Cape York Peninsula, north-eastern Queensland. It grows in loose, granitic, sandy soils among huge granite boulders...

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Feb 2011 – Archontophoenix Alexandrae

Alexandra Palm

Alexandra Palm
(King Palm, Pinang Raja)

A popular, fast-growing palm which is widely grown in tropical and subtropical countries, Plants usually have a swollen base to the trunk, a light green crown-shaft, leaflets which are dark green above, silvery grey beneath and oriented in a vertical plane towards the leaf apex. Flowers are creamy white and are followed by clusters of bright red fruit, each about 1.4 cm x 1 cm.

The species is endemic to Queensland where it is distributed between Gladstone and the Melville Range near Bathurst Bay on Cape York Peninsula. It commonly grows in lowland swamp forest but is also found up to 600 meters altitude in the ranges. An excellent, handsome garden palm which looks especially decorative when in fruits...

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