Australian Native Plants

  Carpentaria acuminata (Carpentaria Palm)


Carpentaria acuminata photo
Carpentaria acuminata, Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand.

Photograph by Aleksasfi. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Carpentaria acuminata photo
Carpentaria acuminata, Callan Park, New South Wales, Australia

Photograph by Ximenatapia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




CARPENTARIA PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Carpentaria acuminata in Australia

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


Common Name
Carpentaria Palm

Other Names
Carpie

Description
The Carpentaria Palm is a tall elegant solitary feather-leaved palm that grows to about twenty metres tall. The trunk is grey with rings that are fairly widely spaced.. It has a crown of up to a dozen pinnate dark green fronds about two to four metres long with narrow leaflets. The palm is self-cleaning with green crownshaft. White flowers are produced in branched clusters about a metre long from the leaf bases. The red fruit have caustic flesh and are about 2 cm in diameter. the Carpentaria is a popular palm in cultivation in frost free areas.

Height
10m - 20m

Spread
fronds 2m to 4m

Habitat
grows near water in vine forest and in rainforest

Wildlife Interest
fruits attract birds and fruit bats

Distribution
Carpentaria acuminata is found in tropical areas of coastal Northern Territory,



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Carpentaria
Species:acuminata
Common Name:Carpentaria Palm