Hist. Nat. Palm. 214 (1838-9) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Palm-tree, up to 30 m high. Trunk c. 15–35 cm diameter. Leaves with petiole 1–1.5 m long, spreading to slightly recurved, laterally with strong recurved spines; lamina circular and fan-like, 1–1.5 m diam. when fully expanded, deeply divided (almost to middle) into 30–50 radiating, narrow, pleated lobes; apex of lobes drooping. Inflorescence 1–1.5 m long, with individual spike-like branches c. 3–18 cm long; subtending bracts 15–25 cm long, blunt. Flowers cream-coloured to white. Fruit 10–20 mm diam. black. Flowers Aug.–Sep.
EGL. Also Qld, NSW. . Very rare in Victoria where known from only three populations in the Orbost region – Cabbage Tree Creek, Caleys Creek and the lower Brodribb River. The few plants in Lilly Pilly Gully, Wilsons Promontory (if still extant after bushfires), are presumed plantings.
The 'cabbage' (young shoot) of this species is edible, but harvesting it is lethal to the palm.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|