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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
In high-altitude rainforest. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Female flowers. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Male flowers. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Fruit, whole and in longitudinal section. Copyright J.L. Dowe
Fruit. Copyright Stanley Breeden
Habit, leaves and fruit. Copyright Stanley Breeden
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Laccospadix australasicus H.Wendl. & Drude
Wendland, H. & Drude, C.G.O. (1875) Linnaea 39: 206. Type: Australiae ora tropica orientalis, ubi ad sinum Rockingham Bay! haec Palma lecta est 8.Febr.1866 in tractibus montium litus comitantibus. N.W.Uh.
Calyptrocalyx australasicus Scheff., Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg 1: 131(1876), Type: ?.
Palm, Atherton; Palm, Black; Mountain Mist Palm; Black Palm; Atherton Palm; Palm, Mountain Mist
Usually grows more than 6 m tall but also flowers and fruits when smaller. Often multistemmed or with the stems in clumps.
Petioles about 60 cm long. Leaflets sessile, 17-40 x 1.5-3 cm, major veins raised on the upper surface. Base of the leafletsca. folded lengthwise, convex on the upper surface. Compound leaf rhachis ca. triangular in transverse section, angular on the upper surface. Leaflets all discrete, even the apical ones.
Flowers borne in spikes 30-200 cm long, on peduncles 40-50 cm long.
Cataphylls sheath the stem. First pair of true leaves compound with two leaflets. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf compound with 3-7 leaflets, leaflet blades 10-15 x 1-1.5 cm, longitudinally veined, compound leaf petiole 8-10 cm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Palm, pandan or cycad
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)