Description: Erect trees; stems solitary, grey with longitudinal furrows and annular ridges.
Leaves long, fairly stiff, ends drooping, clustered in a large terminal crown, leaf bases not persistent on trunk; lamina fan-like, divided more than half way into numerous segments; segments narrow, acuminate, entire or forked, the upper part drooping, teeth occurring on some parts of the margin; petiole long, erect or decurved, tapering at the top, margins with curved spines mostly towards the base.
Inflorescence a much-branched panicle; spathes blunt, persistent; flowers bisexual, cream-yellow.
Fruit globose, red, green, blue or black, fleshy or dry.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 30 species, Malesia & Australia. Australia: >12 species (native), Qld, N.S.W., Vic., N.T., W.A.
Text by A. K. Brooks
|One species in NSW: Livistona australis|