| Archontophoenix |
Queenland, Australia. Photo by Luke Nancarrow.
Habitat and DistributionA. myolensis grows in the mountainous region west of Cairns in N.W.
With a sometimes tinge of blue to it's elegant crownshaft, it is a bit diminuative but otherwise similar to the common A. cunninghamiana, perhaps with droopier leaflets. Editing by edric.
It would follow from it's native location that this palm should be a bit more cold hardy than the rest of the genus with an equal affinity for copious amounts of water.
At least in Southern California, this palm is NOT as cold hardy as A. cunninghamiana, but is about the same as the rest of the Archontophoenix group. All pretty much turn to brown crispy structures, while A. cunninghamiana has a few more degrees of cold tolerance (which makes a huge difference as those few degrees of tolerance can mean the difference between life and death). An entire Archontophoenix collection, save maybe one of these (though totally defoliated) and all the A. cunninghamiana, was wiped out by the Jan 07 freeze in Los Angeles.
Comments and Curiosities
It is one of, if not the most, rare and endangered species of the genus in its natural environment. This species resembles A. cunninghamiana in gross appearance of the leaves and the lax pinnae. Floristically it resembles A. alexandrae , though the stigmatic remains being eccentric on the fruit is unique within the genus.
- Glossary of Palm Terms
- MODERN BOTANICAL LATIN
- "Just To Be Clear"
- Click on Arecaceae, for list of photos
- Australian Palms, By John Leslie Dowe
Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.
Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.
Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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.