Linospadix minor—Minor Walking Stick Palm, Jak-arungle—ARECACEAE

Linospadix minor

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Habitat— Grows as an understory plant in a variety of well developed types of rainforest.

Distribution— Endemic to Queensland, occurs in Cape York Peninsula (McIlwraith Range) and North East Queensland (Mt Amos to Mission Beach). Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1300 m. Grows as an understory plant in a variety of well developed types of rain forest.

Description—Shrub to small tree, woody or herbaceous, 1 to 6 meters tall.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Leaves consist of about 2 to 24 sessile leaflets each attached to the rhachis by a broad base. Leaflet blades about 18 to 23 by 1 to 6 cm. Terminal leaflets or segments wider at the base than any of the lateral leaflets. Major veins 4 or 5 per leaflet. Large, scattered, orbicular 'cells' visible with a lens. Leaflet apex praemorse, at least the broader ones.

Inflorescence.—About 38 to 80 cm long. Male and female flowers may appear to be in separate spikes but both are produced in each spike and the males shed following anthesis. Petals free in female flowers, fused in male. Stamens 7 to 10 in each male flower. Pollen white. Stigma bilobed.

Flowering.—Spring

Linospadix minor
Linospadix minor

Fruit.— Infructescence about 50 to 80 cm long. Fruits ± cylindrical, red, orange or yellowish when ripe, about 8 to 18 by 3 to 8 mm. Calyx persistent at the base. Seeds about 12 to 15 by 2 to 3 mm, outer surface with fine longitudinal ribs. Embryo small, conical, about 1.5 mm long, located at the apex of the seed.

Ripe.—Summer.