|Kentia Palms Howea forsteriana Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island.|
By the sea in coastal forest.
|Red Cabbage Palms Livistona mariae, Palm Valley, Central Australia.|
In desert ranges.
|This Coconut Palm on the beach at Cooktown, north Queensland, has survived the full brunt|
of more than one tropical cyclone, due to its flexible trunk.
|Pinnate leaves on Alexandra Palms Archontophoenix alexandrae, Cattama Wetlands, near Cairns.|
Such 'divided' leaves comprise many leaflets growing along the central leaf stem.
|Palmate leaves on Queensland Fan Palm Licuala ramsayi, Daintree NP, north Queensland.|
These are also compound, but the leaflets all grow from the tip of the leaf stem.
|Inflorescences of Sand Palm Livistona humilis; Litchfield NP above, and Kakadu NP below.|
|Some palms are wind-pollinated, but the attractiveness of Sand Palm flowers to butterflies is obvious!|
|Alexandra Palms have huge bunches of berries, beloved of birds such as this |
Metallic Starling Aplonis metallica, Centennial Lakes, Cairns.
|Coconuts Cocos nucifer, Sabah, Malaysia.|
These are drupes (the outer fleshy layer soon dries out) and are superbly adapted to long-distance
ocean dispersal, by which they have spread throughout the Pacific.
|Sago Palms, Klias River, Sabah. I think these are wild plants.|
|Oil Palms west of Sepilok, Sabah.|
No wildlife corridors or refuge forest blocks here.
|Oil Palms crowding to the Mana River, which marks the boundary of Korup NP in western Cameroon.|
|Darwin Botanic Gardens.|
|Emerald Botanic Gardens, central Queensland, which makes a special feature of its palm collection.|
|Palm Tanagers Tanagra palmarum (here in northern Peru) are certainly associated with palms (an observation|
reinforced in both its scientific and Spanish names) but not exclusively.
They are found throughout the northern half of lowland South America.
|The Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis (here in Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Uganda)|
is most atypical in eating mostly palm fruit, especially of Oil Palms.
|Utilising the palms at Blanquillo clay lick, southern Peru, either while waiting to descend to the clay|
(Red and Green Macaws Ara chloropterus, above),
or waiting for unwary prey (Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus, below).
|Brown-throated Sloth Bradypus variegatus in palm (you might need to click on the picture, |
it was a long way off!), Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
|Moon through palm fronds, Darwin.|
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