Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Solitary, dioecious or polygamodioecious, acaulescent, decumbent or erect palms. Leaves palmate, equally or unequally divided along adaxial ribs into single-fold, induplicate segments, persisting as a skirt; petiole armed along margins with very fine teeth or unarmed, not splitting at base. Inflorescences solitary, interfoliar, arching or erect, amongst leaves, much-branched. Flowers remote or in clusters of 2–3, sessile or borne on low tubercles; sepals 3, united at base; petals 3, free; stamens 6, filaments free, staminodes when present similar to fertile stamens but with flattened filaments, occasionally fused at very base, and with empty anthers; carpels 3, free to base. Fruit usually developing from 1 carpel, purplish-black with a pale bloom, reniform or oblong. Seed reinform or oblong.

8 species native to Nepal, Bhutan, northern India, south-east China and northern Thailand and Vietnam; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-05-31
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Arecales
family Arecaceae
Higher taxa
genus Trachycarpus
Subordinate taxa