Australian Native Plants

  Archontophoenix purpurea (Mount Lewis King Palm)


Archontophoenix purpurea photo
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Australia)

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Archontophoenix purpurea photo
Archontophoenix purpurea specimen in the Jardin botanique du Val Rahmeh, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Archontophoenix purpurea in Australia

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


Common Name
Mount Lewis King Palm

Other Names
Purple Alexandra Palm, Mount Lewis Archontophoenix

Description
The Mount Lewis King Palm grows to about twenty five metres tall and has a trunk that grows to about 30 cm in diameter and broadens at the base. The fronds are pinnate and grow to about four metres long and have silvery scales on the underside like the Alexandra Palm. It gets its name from the distinctive reddish purple coloured crownshaft. It produces clusters of creamy white flowers followed by dark red fruit about 25 mm long. It is similar to other Archontophoenix, with differences including the purple crownshaft and larger fruit.

Height
25m

Spread
fronds to 4m

Habitat
grows on gravelly soil in tropical rainforest

Distribution
Archontophoenix purpurea is found naturally in the Mount Lewis area of northern Queensland



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Archontophoenix
Species:purpurea
Common Name:Mount Lewis King Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Archontophoenix alexandrae
  Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
  Archontophoenix maxima
  Archontophoenix myolensis