Australian Native Plants

  Calamus moti (Yellow Lawyer Cane)


Calamus moti photo
Calamus moti - Yellow lawyer cane, tropical wilderness of Hinchinbrook island

Photograph by Tatiana Gerus. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




YELLOW LAWYER CANE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Calamus moti in Australia

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


Common Name
Yellow Lawyer Cane

Other Names
Large Lawyer Cane, Wait-a-while, Yellow Lawyer Vine

Description
Yellow Lawyer Cane is a climbing palm with dense bristly spines on the stems, leaf sheaths and leaf stalks. The spines on the leaf sheaths are in rows. The leaves are compound and grow to about two metres long with several dozen leaflets making up the leaf. It has long tendrils with sharp hooks which can tear the clothes and skin of travellers in the rainforest. The small greenish flowers are produced in summer in long narrow hanging spikes or panicles that can be up to three metres long. The fruit is round about 12mm in diameter and covered in scales making a zigzag geometric pattern.

Height
vigorous climber - canes may be tens of metres

Habitat
rainforest

Distribution
Calamus moti is found in coastal areas of north east Queensland from around Cooktown to around Mackay

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Calamus
Species:moti
Common Name:Yellow Lawyer Cane


Relatives in same Genus
  Calamus australis
  Calamus caryotoides
  Calamus muelleri