Australian Native Plants

  Livistona humilis (Sand Palm)


Livistona humilis photo
Livistona humilis Sand Palm

Photograph by J Brew. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Livistona humilis photo
Livistona humilis (Sand Palm)

Photograph by J Brew from near Seattle, USA. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Livistona humilis photo
Livistona humilis sand palm

Photograph by J Brew from near Seattle, USA. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SAND PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Livistona humilis in Australia

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


Common Name
Sand Palm

Description
The Sand Palm is a fairly small palm with a fairly slender trunk that grows to about ten metres tall. The fronds are fan-shaped with partially divided segments. Old frond leaf bases remain on the trunk. It produces large clusters of creamy yellow flowers on spikes that extend above the crown making an attractive display. The flowers are followed by oval fruit which turn black when they ripen. The Sand Palm is a fairly slow growing plant. The palm is very common around Darwin.

Height
10m

Habitat
open forest with high rainfall where sufficient water is available

Distribution
Livistona humilis is found in the far north of the Northern Territory.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Livistona
Species:humilis
Common Name:Sand Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Livistona alfredii
  Livistona australis
  Livistona decipiens
  Livistona mariae
  Livistona rigida