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Crown with inflorescences. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Flowers. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Fruit, whole and in longitudinal section to reveal seed coat intrusion. Copyright J.L. Dowe
In riparian habitat. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Livistona rigida Becc.
Beccari, O. (1921) Webbia; raccolta di scritti botanici 5(1): 19. Type: Nord Australia: Albert River nel Golfo di Carpentaria (Erb. di Kew). Collettore ignoto.
Livistona mariae subsp. rigida (Becc.) Rodd, Telopea 8(1): 80(1998), Type: ?.
Mataranka fan palm; Lawn Hill fan palm
Trunk mostly solitary but sometimes with 3 stems together and slightly curved, up to 23 m tall, up to 40 cm DBH and tapering upwards to a constant diameter of 30 cm with a bulbous base 40-50 cm diameter; petiole-stubs present at the extreme base. Plants functionally male or female.
Lamina ca. 160 cm long; primary division 50% and the bifurcation depth 50%. Adaxial lamina surface glaucous. The rachis bracts are rather densely clothed with persistent white scales especially towards the apex, though usually with some relatively bare areas especially on the lower part of the bract.
Inflorescence 100-250 cm long. Flowers in clusters of 3-8, globose c. 1.8 mm long; sepals broadly ovate, c. 2 mm long, acute, cream-yellow; petals triangular 1-1.4 mm long, obtuse, cream to yellow; stamens c. 1.2 mm long.
Ripe fruits are 12-14 x 13-16 mm, globose and glossy black. Seeds are 10.5-12.0 mm long.
Features not available.
Distribution and Ecology
Palm, pandan or cycad