Arenga australasica

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Figure 1. A. australasica in habitat, Clump Point, near Bingil Bay,north Queensland.


Distribution and Habitat:

Lowland tropical rainforest along coastal North Queensland, and the eastern coast of Arnhem Land.


A tall, multi-stemmed pinnate palm, two or three stems dominating. Individual stems die after flowering.


Normal procedure of seed tray, tube and then pots is used. Fertilise and water as usual for any other palm. They have shown no undue difficulties; like most clumping Arengas are quite slow growing.

Planted in the garden, full sun is tolerated, though semi-shade to establish would be preferred. Their potential as an indoor plant is untried.

Figure 2. A. australasica
Figure 3. A. australasica with new leaves.
Figure 4. A. australasica leaf underside.

Contributed by:

Alan White (Text - from Palms & Cycads No. 20 July-Sept 1988).
Michael Pascall (Figure 1,2,3&4)

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