Australian Native Plants

  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (Bangalow Palm)


Archontophoenix cunninghamiana photo
Broken Head rainforest, NSW

Photograph by Poyt448 Peter Woodard. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana photo
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Alberon Park, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand

Photograph by Kahuroa. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana photo
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, ripe seeds, Alberon Park, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand

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BANGALOW PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Archontophoenix cunninghamiana in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Bangalow Palm

Other Names
Picabeen Palm, King palm

Description
The Bangalow Palm is an elegant self-cleaning palm with a pale green crownshaft. The pinnate fronds are green on both upper and lower surfaces grow two to three metres long. The trunk is grey and ringed and can grow to about 30 cm in diameter. It produces large clusters of pink to mauve flowers from the base of the crownshaft which tend to hang downwards. The fruit is red berries just over 1 cm in diameter. It is a popular garden palm in cultivation. It is similar to the Alexandra Palm (A. alexandrae ) which has slivery underside to the leaves, creamy white flowers and a more swollen base.

Height
20m - 25m

Spread
fronds 2m - 3m

Habitat
coastal rainforest

Distribution
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana is found in eastern Queensland and New South Wales



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Archontophoenix
Species:cunninghamiana
Common Name:Bangalow Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Archontophoenix alexandrae
  Archontophoenix maxima
  Archontophoenix myolensis
  Archontophoenix purpurea