|Alexandra Palms Archontophoenix alexandrae forming a swamp forest in Centennial Lakes, Cairns.|
This is their normal habitat in the east Queensland tropics.
|Climbing Palms Calamus sp., Atherton Tablelands, north Queensland.|
The stems can be up to 200 metres long; they form no crown, but have leaves crowded along
the end part of the stem.
|Kentia Palm Howea forsteriana, Lord Howe Island.|
This lovely palm is endemic to the tiny Pacific island, but has now spread around
the world as a cultivated plant. It was also the subject of one of my first ever blog postings,
nearly five years ago. There's a lot more information about it there.
|Queensland Fan Palm Licuala ramsayi, Daintree NP, north Queensland.|
Restricted to streamsides and boggy areas of lowland rainforest of far north Queensland.
|Sand Palms Livistona humilis in tropical woodland, Kakadu NP;|
the species is endemic to the Top End of the Northern Territory.
|Livistona benthami growing by Cooinda Lagoon, Kakadu NP, Northern Territory.|
This is its typical habitat, here and in north Queensland and New Guinea.
|Red Cabbage Palms Livistona mariae, Palm Valley, Central Australia.|
This species lives in isolation along just two kilometres of creek, surrounded
by desert where it could not survive. More on it here.
|Mataranka Palms Livistona rigida, Boodjamulla NP, north-west Queensland.|
It has a disjunct distribution here and around Mataranka in the northern Territory.
|Livistona victoriae, Gregory River NP, western Top End, above and below.|
Only recently recognised as a species, described in 1988, and found only in the
Kimberley district of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
|Chilean Wine Palm Jubaea chilensis, La Campana NP, central Chile.|
This species (shot here looking into the sun, of necessity!) is found only in a small
area north of Santiago. The wine is fermented from the sap.
|Still in Africa, this is a Raffia Palm, Raphia sp., Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, western Uganda.|
This has the longest leaves of any plant in the world - they can be over 20 metres long and three metres wide!
|Mauritia carana, Tambopata Reserve, southern Peruvian Amazonia.|
These big leaves are in high demand for roof thatching, for their longevity - they may not
need replacing for a decade.
|The same species, I am almost sure, from Waqanki Lodge on the lower eastern slopes of the Andes|
in northern Peru. This lovely lodge is on the outskirts of the busy town of Moyobamba, some of
which can just be seen in the top left of the photo.
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