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Family Arecaceae

Livistona australis Cabbage Tree Palm

The most common of two native palm species that occur as far south as Sydney. It can grow into a large tree. The leaves are typical fan-shaped, with the points drooping in mature plants. The inflorescence grows from the leaf bases, and is extensively branched. It can be to 1m in length and contain many flowers. The fruits are small hard black berries. They take a long time to ripen, and take a long time to germinate.

Habitat: Rainforests and sheltered moist forests.

Distribution: From south coast of NSW to northern Queensland.

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