Archontophoenix myolensis

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myolensis (migh-oh-LEN-sis)
Queenland, Australia. Photo by Luke Nancarrow.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Archontophoenix
myolensis (migh-oh-LEN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Height: 65 ft./20m
Trunk diameter: 12 in./30cm
Sun exposure: Full sun
Watering: Copious
Survivability index
Common names
Myola Alexander palm

Habitat and Distribution

A. myolensis grows in the mountainous region west of Cairns in N.W.
Montgomery Botanical Centre, Florida. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Queensland on the Atherton Tableland. Confined mainly to riversides and forest. With a restricted distribution, confined to the gallery forests of Warrill Creek and southern banks of the Barron River below its junction with the creek, near Myola on the Atherton Tableland, north-east Queensland [16° 50'S], at 350-400 m altitude, on volcanic soils.


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.

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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.

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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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