Calamus moti

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Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
moti (MOH-tee)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
moti (MOH-tee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Vicious Lawyer Cane, Yellow Lawyer Cane.

Habitat and Distribution

Calamus moti is endemic to Queensland, Australia. Lowland and highland
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rainforests of north-east Qld.


A tall and vigorous climbing palm, clustering, with one stem usually dominant, to 3 cm., if this is damaged, another will take its place. Almost all parts of the leaves and inflorescences, carry spines or hooks. Long whip-like appendages attached to the leaf-sheath, (flagella) carrying recurved hooks, assist with climbing. They have two rows of spinules on the upper surface of the leaves, it has large curved leaves, with 35-50 pinnae on each side. Staminate flowers (male). Flowers are not that often seen, considering how common the wait-a-whiles are ... so I guess they don't last long. There are male inflorescences and inflorescences with female and sterile male flowers. Leaves: 2-3m long, widely spaced, green, narrow lance-shaped, scattered spines. Flowers Greenish, 0.3-0.4cm diameter, borne on long, sparsely branched panicles 2-3m long. Flowering Period: November to March. Fruit: Cream or white, globular with a small nipple, 0.8-1cm diameter. Editing by edric.


Warm, shady, and moist. Propagate from fresh seed, which should germinate in 3-4 months. Generally only grown by enthusiasts, or in display gardens. Fruit is eagerly sought after, by fruit eating birds.

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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