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Cabbage Tree Palm

Livistona australis


The Cabbage-tree Palm (aka Cabbage Palm or Fan Palm) is an Australian native and belongs to the Arecaceae family. It is a tall, slender palm growing up to about 30 m in height and is crowned with dark, glossy green leaves on petioles 2 m long. It has leaves plaited like a fan; the cabbage of these is small but sweet. The growing tip of the palm is edible. Its fibrous bark is used to make fishing lines. Palms play an important role in Dreaming stories of the Aboriginal people of the NSW coast. Its Australia's southernmost palm.


The Cabbage Tree Palm occurs in moist open forest, often in swampy sites and on margins of rainforests. It is widespread along the New South Wales coast and extends north into Queensland and south into Victoria. These palms were spotted in the Cumberland State Forest.


I like these palms because they look really prehistoric. Add the call of a Kookaburra and throw in a Water Dragon, and let your imagination transport you to a different age. I do it all the time :-)

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Spotted on Feb 18, 2014
Submitted on Feb 22, 2014

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