Australian Native Plants

  Oraniopsis appendiculata (Bronze Palm)


Oraniopsis appendiculata photo
Oraniopsis appendiculata on Mt. Lewis.

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Oraniopsis appendiculata photo
Oraniopsis appendiculata at Kauri Creek. Beside Kauri Creek, Danbulla National Park, Atherton Tableland.

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BRONZE PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Oraniopsis appendiculata in Australia

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


Common Name
Bronze Palm

Other Names
Grey Palm, Orania Palm

Description
The Bronze Palm is a solitary palm growing to about ten metres in height (although very old plants can grow to twenty metres), and is the only species in the genus Oraniopsis. The fronds grow to six metres long and are pinnate with long narrow leaflets and are green with greyish underside. Fronds are stiff and held fairly upright giving the crown an inverted conical shape. The flower clusters are up to 1.2 metres long and produce male and female flowers on separate plants. The fruit is yellow or orange when ripe. This palm is very slow growing and does not start forming a trunk for twenty years or more.

Height
6m - 20m

Habitat
grows as understorey plant in rainforest on mountain ranges

Distribution
Oraniopsis appendiculata is found in north east Queensland



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Oraniopsis
Species:appendiculata
Common Name:Bronze Palm