Australian Native Plants

  Lepidorrhachis mooreana (Little Mountain Palm)


Lepidorrhachis mooreana photo
Lepidorrhachis mooreana, Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island, Australia

Photograph by Poyt448 Peter Woodard. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Lepidorrhachis mooreana in Australia

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


Common Name
Little Mountain Palm

Description
Little Mountain Palm is a small solitary trunked palm from Lord Howe Island growing to about three metres tall. It is the only member of the Lepidorrhachis genus. The leaves are pinnate and grow to about 1.5 m long. Creamy coloured flowers are produced on branched clusters to about half a metre long. The attractive red fruit grow in big clusters and each 'berry' is about 1 cm in diameter. This palm is quite difficult to maintain in cultivation. The Big Mountain Palm (Hedyscepe canterburyana) also from Lord Howe Island is a completely different genus.

Height
3m

Habitat
grows high on the island's mountains

Distribution
Lepidorrhachis mooreana is found only on Lord Howe Island

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Lepidorrhachis
Species:mooreana
Common Name:Little Mountain Palm