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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (Bangalow Palm)

Synonyms: Jessenia amazonum; Loroma amethystina; Loroma cunninghamiana; Ptychosperma cunninghamianum; Seaforthia elegans

Wikipedia Abstract

The Piccabeen Palm grows in the wet subtropics on the sides of Mt Warning Volcano in northern NSW and over the border in Queensland's Lamington National Park, for example. It seeks a good water supply so ravines and grottos are well populated. Its fronds do not create a nesting environment for insects or macrofauna like rodents, so are a tolerable tree for urban environments. Originally in Australia from the landbridge created 45,000 years ago by the receding ocean levels during the last glacial, the probable 'native' environment in prehistory was Indonesia.
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Invasive Species

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, commonly known as the bangalow palm, the king palm and the piccabeen palm, is largely cultivated for its tall, graceful appearance. It is endemic to the south east Australian coast, where it fruits and flowers all year round, and can grow up to 30 m high. A. cunninghamiana is extremely tolerant of shade and is able to grow in a range of soils; it has become invasive in several countries, including Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. It is monoecious, a prolific seeder, and can germinate fairly quickly (1 - 3 months), all of which contribute to its invasiveness.


Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Specific Gravity [3]  0.827
Structure [2]  Tree



Parasitized by 
Discocriconemella limitanea <Unverified Name>[5]
Hemicycliophora biloculata <Unverified Name>[5]


E. Australia;

External References



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Chave J, Coomes D, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Swenson NG, Zanne AE (2009) Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Ecology Letters 12: 351-366. Zanne AE, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Coomes DA, Ilic J, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Miller RB, Swenson NG, Wiemann MC, Chave J (2009) Data from: Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Dryad Digital Repository.
4The parakeet Brotogeris tirica feeds on and disperses the fruits of the palm Syagrus romanzoffiana in Southeastern Brazil, Sazima, I., Biota Neotropica, Vol. 8 (number 1): 2008; p. 231-234.
5Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
7Food of some birds in eastern New South Wales: additions to Barker & Vestjens. Emu 93(3): 195–199
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