Normanbya normanbyi

Synonymy: None Distribution: Northeastern Queensland, Australia
Common names: Queensland black palm Conservation status: Vulnerable

Normanbya normanbyi

Adult

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Seedling

This palm represents a monotypic genus (only species in the genus) from northern Australia. The common name comes from the hard black "wood" at the center of the trunk that was (and maybe still is) used to make spears by the aborigines. It closely resembles the monotypic foxtail palm, Wodyetia bifurcata, which has become a popular landscape plant in south Florida; however, the high water requirements make this species more difficult to grow. Photos copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; top photo taken at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, FL.

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