Monday, 15 June 2009
Rainforest palms 1: Livistona
The upland rainforests of Eungella include extensive stands of two species of palm: the cabbage palm Livistona cf australis and the bangalow or picabeen palm Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.
There's some discussion about the identity of the cabbage palm. It is generally regarded as belonging to L. australis, a widespread east coast species, but may be endemic to the Clarke Range.
This species is especially abundant on the tracks around Broken River. Semi-slugs and other invertebrates — including bitey ones — hide in the rolled up bases of shed fronds.