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Piccabeen Palm

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana


Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (Bangalow palm, King palm, Illawara palm, Piccabeen palm) is an Australian native palm. It can grow up to and over 20 metres tall. Its flower colour is violet and the red fruits are attractive to birds. It flowers in midsummer and has evergreen foliage. Piccabeens have been given this name in Queensland because it was the name used by the aboriginal tribes in the Brisbane area. Further south, another native name, “Bangalow” is preferred.


Widespread in warmer coastal rainforests of eastern Australia, but has also become quite an invasive species in many other parts of the world.


These photos were taken at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Awesome. Keep those spottings coming, buddy :-)

maxwell 9 years ago

Hay Neil its Maxwell Judith helped me get on project nah

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Mark. There are some beautiful tracks around Tamborine, and it's magic, particularly in summer, to find these palm groves and running streams. This was just a touristy joint with raised platforms above the canopy, very much like O'reilly's in Lamington. Worth a look though. Just got to get away from the tourists.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Another Aussie icon. Good spotting.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 17, 2011
Submitted on May 31, 2013

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