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Mature fruit. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Female flowers. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Male flowers. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Epicarp removed to reveal mesocarp fibres. Copyright J.L. Dowe
In open woodland with granite boulders. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Wodyetia bifurcata A.K.Irvine
Irvine, A. (1983) Principes 27(4): 165. Type: Australia, N.E. Queensland, confined to the southwest, south and southeast sides of Melville Range, latitude 14° 17 S, longitude 144° 28 E. Irvine 2184 (holotype QRS; isotypes BH, K).
Single stemmed palm 6-15 m tall. The trunk is smooth, slender, and enlarged at the base.
Leaves 2.6-3.2 m long, arching; 90-110 pinnae each side of rachis; leafsheath to 120 cm long, light green with greyish-white bloom; petiole to 25-90 cm, greenish-whitish. Pinnae to 70 cm long, mostly divided longitudinally to the base into 1-17 segments; underneath light green to whitish-green.
Inflorescence to 112 cm long, bearing flowers in groups of three consisting of two male and one female flower. Male flowers with sepals 3, c. 5-6 mm long, cream-green; petals 3, c. 10 mm long, cream-green; stamens 58-72 per flower; ovary, style and stigma always well developed but the ovules are absent in the male flowers. Female flowers with sepals 3, 6-7 x 5-7 mm, green; petals 3, 9-11 x 6-8 mm, green; c. 3-6 staminodes present; stigma 5 mm long spreading.
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Distribution and Ecology
Palm, pandan or cycad