Australian Native Plants

  Livistona australis (Cabbage Palm)


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Cabbage Palms on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland

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Cabbage Palms amongst Melaleucas on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland

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Cabbage Palms at resort on South Stradbroke Island, Queensland

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Cabbage Palm frond

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Cabbage Palm frond

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CABBAGE PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Livistona australis in Australia

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


Common Name
Cabbage Palm

Description
The Cabbage Palm has a single grey trunk. The leaves are shiny green to 1.8m across. The flowers are creamy white and the fruit is black when ripe. The growing bud is edible (hence the name), but removing the growing tip kills the plant. It is fire tolerant.

Height
6m - 20m

Spread
3m - 5m

Habitat
Wet Sclerophyll Forest

Wildlife Interest
fruit attracts birds and butterflies.

Distribution
lowland forest and swamps of eastern Australia.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Livistona
Species:australis
Common Name:Cabbage Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Livistona alfredii
  Livistona decipiens
  Livistona humilis
  Livistona mariae
  Livistona rigida