Australian Native Plants

  Ptychosperma elegans (Solitaire Palm)


Ptychosperma elegans photo
Ptychosperma elegans

Photograph by Stan Shebs. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Ptychosperma elegans photo
Ptychosperma elegans

Photograph by Stan Shebs. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SOLITAIRE PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Ptychosperma elegans in Australia

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


Common Name
Solitaire Palm

Other Names
Elegant Palm

Description
Solitaire Palm is a solitary slender palm with grey trunk and green crownshaft, growing to about ten metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 10 cm in diameter. It has an elegant crown of pinnate fronds that grow to about three metres long. The flower spike grows below the crownshaft, and is about 70cm long with small greenish flowers. The red fruit are oval or round and about 1 cm in diameter. Solitaire Palm is a popular garden palm and is superficially similar in appearance to the Alexandra Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae), but smaller.

Height
10m

Habitat
found in tropical rainforest

Distribution
Ptychosperma elegans is found in coastal areas of northern Queensland



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Ptychosperma
Species:elegans
Common Name:Solitaire Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Ptychosperma macarthurii