Bowenia spectablis

Bowenia spectablis

Bowenia spectablis

(Showy Bowenia)

FAMILY

Stangeriaceae

Species

Bowenia spectablis

Common name

Showy Bowenia

Life form

Shrub, palm-like

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This species has an underground stem from which arise 1-5 leaf-bearing branches and there are less than 12 pinnae on each. The leaves are glossy and leathery. The pinnules are rarely serrated on the upper margin. Separate male or pollen bearing cones and female cones. Although widely cultivated, it is found in nature from Cardwell to the McIlwraith Ranges in North Queensland and up to about 1000 m altitude.