Calamus radicalis

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Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
radicalis (rad-ih-KAH-liss)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
radicalis (rad-ih-KAH-liss)
Palmijuncus radicalis
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Vicious Hairy Mary

Habitat and Distribution

Calamus radicalis is found in Daintree Rainforest's,
QLD Australia.
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.


This species has, many more leaflets, than the others. Special note: Most of the Calamus species have, long whip-like flagella to 3 m long also bears numerous hooks. Although a nasty palm when large, densely covered from root to frond in fierce armament, its multiple trunks forming messy clusters that scramble up taller trees, when still a baby it is quite well behaved and really cute, you would even allow it in the house. Not unlike the man eating crocodile native to the same region of Australia if you come to think of it! For hardened palmophiles only. Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

Calamus is the largest palm genus with over 370 species in it.

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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