Ptychosperma elegans

Ptychosperma elegans

Ptychosperma elegans

(Solitaire palm)

FAMILY

Arecaceae

Species

Ptychosperma elegans

Common name

Solitaire palm

Fruit colour; life form

Red; palm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

A solitary palm with a slender trunk, it is native to the coastal areas of Queensland. The trunk is grey with conspicuous rings and is crowned with arching pinnate leaves, green on both surfaces, the terminal pair of pinnae are fused and resemble a fish tail. Fruit bright red to 2 cm long.