Australian Native Plants

  Archontophoenix myolensis (Myola Palm)


Archontophoenix myolensis photo
tophoenix myolensis. A local species of bangalow palm that only occurs along creeks in the Myola district

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Archontophoenix myolensis photo
Archontophoenix myolensis at Warril Creek, Myola, Atherton Tableland

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MYOLA PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Archontophoenix myolensis in Australia

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


Common Name
Myola Palm

Other Names
Myola Archontophoenix

Description
The Myola Palm is a tall palm growing to about twenty metres tall with a trunk diameter of up to 30 cm, and broader at the base. The pinnate fronds are green above with silvery scales on the lower surface, and grow to about four metres in length. It produces branched clusters of creamy white flowers from the base of the green crownshaft in late autumn winter (May to July). The flowers are similar in appearance to those of the Alexandra Palm (A. alexandrae). The oval fruit is red and grows to about 20 mm in length. The palm has a very small range in Queensland and is listed as endangered.

Height
20m

Spread
fronds to 4m

Habitat
riverside rainforest

Distribution
Archontophoenix myolensis is found on the Barron river near the town of Kuranda in tropical north east Queensland



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Archontophoenix
Species:myolensis
Common Name:Myola Palm


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