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.


Lulu Stader said...

Gosh, you've been busy, Snail! Fabulous pictures: love them.

Have been away on holidays. I'll dig for an update onmwhere you are and how you are doing, otherwise I'll email you to find out.

Snail said...

Am moving to Far North Queensland, although it's not going quite as smoothly as expected. (I should have predicted that!)

My other emails are now defunct (because I've changed providers), but the one above right is still functional.

Talk to you soon.

Lulu Stader said...

Hey, I looked for an update on where exactly you are and what you're up to: love your pictures and stories of birds in the backyard. Makes fabulous rainy-Sunday-afternoon reading, Bronwen.

Are you living in the rainforest now?? Fantastic! What are you up to -- other than getting acquainted with the wildlife around your place?

Snail said...

Well, I am mostly enjoying the wildlife and trying to identify the plants. I should be working on making some money!