Linospadix monostachya—Walking Stick Palm—ARECACEAE.

Linospadix monostachya

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Habitat—Grows mainly in warmer rainforests (Sub-tropical and Warm-temperate), occasionally in cool-temperate rainforests.

Distribution—Coast and ranges, north from Singleton district in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—A small palm ,mostly 1.3 to 2 m high, occasionally to 5 m high, 2 to 3 cm diam.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Dorrigo National Park, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— 50 to 130 cm long, pinnae irregular in shape and distribution, tapered, the terminal pair united; petiole 20 to 30 cm long.

Linospadix monostachya
Linospadix monostachya

Inflorescence— A simple spike, pendulous, 1 to 1.5 m long, from lower leaf axils. Flowers unisexual. Outer tepals 2 to 3 mm long; inner tepals 6 to 8 mm long. Male flowers 6 to 8 mm long; stamens 8 to 12. Female flowers 8 to 12 mm long.

Flowering.— Throughout year.

Fruit.— ± globose, 10 to 12 mm long, red.

Ripe.— Throughout year.

Linospadix monostachya