Archontophoenix tuckeri

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tuckeri (tuhk-er'-ee)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Archontophoenix
tuckeri (tuhk-er'-ee)
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Height: 70 ft/22 m
Trunk diameter: 8 in/20 cm
Sun exposure: Full sun
Survivability index
Common names
Rocky River, Peach Creek Archontophoenix,

Claudie River Archontophoenix

Cape York, Bamaga Archontophoenix

Habitat and distribution

Archontophoenix tuckeri is native to Northern Australia, where it is mostly
found in moist tropical areas, particularly in rainforest or along streams. A. tuckeri have found their way into cultivation all over the world. Occurs in rainforest, gallery forest, swampforest, mangrove ecotone and moist vine-thickets of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland from Mcllwraith Range [14° 00'S] to Cape York [10° 40'S], from sea-level to 500 m altitude.


A. tuckeri is a large, single-trunked palm reaching 22 meters in height. The small fruits are inedible. Blossoms are white, and borne at the base of the lime-green crownshaft. The crownshaft in mature specimens is 3 - 5 feet ( 1 - 1.66 m) long. Propagation is by seed. Given a happy home, with warmth and plenty of water, A. tuckeri grows very fast -- a near-death 12" (30 cm) tall specimen in La Habra, California, grew to about 15 feet (5 m) tall in about 5 years. Editing by edric.


Native to tropical areas, A. tuckeri will not take heavy frost, but, on the other hand, given their vigor, will often outgrow inclement conditions that do not kill them. This is a variable species which tends to become shorter with smaller leaves in the northern parts of its range. The fruit is large and the two distinct layers of fibres in the mesocarp are unique within the genus. New leaves are often in tones of pink, red or bronze, and the juvenile leaves become proportionately larger than in other species before they commence to divide.

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Comments and Curiosities

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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