Family: Palmae

This small genus of subtropical palms, native to eastern Australia, grows to about 20 m (65 ft) with smooth, solitary trunks up to 15 cm (6 in) in diameter. The fronds arch gracefully from a smooth green 'crownshaft'. Large sprays of tiny, perfumed flowers are followed by masses of grape-sized red fruit.


A. alexandrae, Alexandra palm, is a tropical lowland species occurring naturally in swampy areas of the Queensland coast, north of Rockhampton. This palm can be distinguished by the glistening, silvery hairs on the underside of the fronds and the spreading sprays of cream flowers.

A. cunninghamiana, Bangalow or piccabeen palm, is found on the subtropical east coast, south of Rockhampton. It grows rapidly when young to heights of 4-5 m (13-16 ft) and ultimately to 20 m (65 ft). It requires shade during the early stages of growth if it is to remain vigorous. It enjoys a cooler Climate and can tolerate light frosts. The fronds of the Bangalow palm are green on the undersides and the long sprays of pale violet flowers hang quite vertically.


In frost-prone Climates, grow under glass. Young plants make good tub plants. These species germinate and develop more quickly than most other palms. They can be grown in most fertile soils, though they require plenty of moisture. Grow in semi-shade until around 5 m (16 ft) tall. Propagate from seed.


Suitable for zone 10.

Archidendron      Arctotis