Australian Native Plants

  Calamus caryotoides (Fishtail Lawyer Cane)


Calamus caryotoides photo
Calamus caryotoides Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Calamus caryotoides in Australia

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


Common Name
Fishtail Lawyer Cane

Description
Fishtail Lawyer Cane is a climbing palm from tropical Queensland. The stems are slender canes only growing to about 15 mm in diameter with prickly spines. Like other Calamus species, it produces long arching tendrils with prickly hooks. The compound leaves are glossy green and made up of six to twelve fishtail shaped leaflets (similar to those of the Caryota palms). The palm produces hanging clusters of small white flowers followed by scaly orange-brown round fruits about 1 cm in diameter. This is one of the most ornamental species of Calamus.

Height
to 15m

Habitat
found in tropical rainforest where it is an understorey climber

Distribution
Calamus caryotoides is found on Cape York Peninsula , north east Queensland

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Calamus
Species:caryotoides
Common Name:Fishtail Lawyer Cane


Relatives in same Genus
  Calamus australis
  Calamus moti
  Calamus muelleri