Archontophoenix cunninghamiana —Bangalow Palm, Piccabeen Palm—ARECACEAE

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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Habitat—Grows in or near Rainforest in coastal districts, mostly in moist sites beside creeks and on alluvial flats.

Distribution—North from Batemans Bay in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree (Arborescent), the stems up to 20 to 25 m high 25 cm diam., enlarged at the base.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Street,s Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Leaves pinnately divided, 3 to 4 m long, with 80 to 100 pairs of segments; segments linear, 60 to 90 cm long, 3 to 8 cm wide, entire, green on both surfaces; petiole 20 to 25 cm long, sheathing base 60 to 90 cm long.

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Inflorescence—Inflorescence 1 to 1.5 m long; spikes 50 to 80 cm long; spathes 30 to 40 cm long. Flowers pink to lilac; stamens 9 to 18.

Flowering.—November

Fruit—Fruit globose, 13 to 15 mm diam., red.

Ripe.—January

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana