(Forster Sentry Palm, Kentia Palm)
A common palm for home and tropical landscapes, Kentia palm is admired for its elegant, arching fronds. It originates from Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, east of Australia. Overall, it is slow-growing. Landscape specimens become quite large and develop a classic palm look with a bare trunk supporting a crown of long, pinnate palm fronds, but indoor, container-grown plants maintain a manageable size.
The long fronds of Kentia palm are dark green and the slender trunk brown. As trees age,...
Bottle palm is a relatively small, single trunked palm with a magnificent architecture. It is practically extinct on its native Mascarene Islands off the coast of Madagascar. The gray and ringed trunk is very fat and then sharply narrows at the crownshaft where the four to five stiff arching fronds emerge. Its leaves are medium to dark green. In summer, small green to creamy white flowers are produced.
Bottle palm requires full sun and relatively fertile, fast draining soil. Avoid very sandy...
Spindle palm is a single trunked palm with few, stately, large, feather-shaped fronds. Native to the small Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, its smooth gray trunk is narrow at the base and top with a gentle bulbous swelling in the mid-section. It is nearly extinct in the wild. In summer, fragrant, small ivory to orange flowers are produced from the upper trunk, then followed by orange-red fruits. The leaves, which rarely number more than five or six, are bright green on top and gray underneath....
(Cycad, Scaly Cycad)
Only two species comprise the genus Lepidozamia. These slow-growing cycads grow tall and upright just like palms. (Botanists know of two other species, which are now extinct.) The genus name translates from Greek to mean "scaled cycad.” Both species are native to northeastern Australia, along the coasts of Queensland and northern New South Wales. They are ancient, cone-bearing, vascular plants that are closely related to conifers, such as pines, cypresses and spruces. Even though they look...
James H. Schutte
(Dallichy Creek Cycad, Wunu)
One of the tallest growing cycads, attaining a stature like a palm tree, Lepidozamia hopei has arching, glossy bright green leaves that truly look like palm fronds. An evergreen cycad, Dallachy Creek cycad is native to the densely shaded, humid, wet rainforests of northeastern Australia. It usually grows with one main trunk-like stem but will occasionally branch.
The very long leaves of this cycad emerge just once per year in a flush. They are soft with they unfurl and become more rigid...
(Count Peroffsky's Cycad, Scaly Zamia)
One of the tallest growing cycads, attaining a stature that looks like a palm tree, Lepidozamia peroffskyana has arching, rich dark green, glossy leaves that look like palm fronds. An evergreen cycad, which is an ancient cone-bearing plant, it's native to the humid, moist to wet rainforests of central eastern Australia. It usually grows with one main trunk-like stem but occasionally will branch.
The long leaves of this cycad emerge in spring or summer's warmth with a bronzy color and...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Grand Licuala Palm, Ruffled Fan Palm)
Ruffled fan palm is perhaps one of the most interesting and elegant of all small palms. Its glossy, pleated, fan-like fronds are fantastic as are its drooping cluster of red fruits that mature late in the season. This evergreen, frost-tender palm is native to the wet, humid rainforests of the Republic of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands east of Australia. It's a small understory palm that’s ideal for small, tropical landscapes as well as interiorscapes.
Atop the thin, fiber covered trunk of this...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Australian Fan Palm, Mission Beach Fan Palm, Ramsay's Licuala Palm)
The bold, glorious fronds of Australian fan palm are segmented like giant light green pinwheels. This spectacular tall palm is adapted to humid, wet, tropical, landscapes. In fact, it is highly sensitive to drought or dry air. In its native home of northeastern Queensland, Australia it naturally inhabits low, swampy rainforests.
A large, spreading canopy, consisting of ten to twelve fronds, rests atop the long, white trunk of this palm. Long leaf stems (petioles) armed with teeth support massive,...
(Mangrove Fan Palm, Spiny Fan Palm, Spiny Licuala Palm)
Spiny fan palm is a stately, clump-forming palm tree with beautiful rounded, pleated fronds. Each is supported by a long petiole lined with many black teeth. This frost-tender evergreen is native to Southeast Asia, from the Andaman Islands near Sri Lanka eastward to the Philippines. For good health it requires lots of water. In fact, another of its common names is the mangrove fan palm.
The multiple trunks of this palm are lined with a mesh of brown fibers. Each is crowned with many graceful...