Common name: cabbage fan palm, cabbage tree palm, daranggara (Cadigal), cabbage palm, fan palm
Livistona australis (R.Br.) Mart. APNI*
Description: Tree with solitary stem up to 30 m high (occasionally more), up to 50 cm diam., marked with annular scars and furrows.
Leaves 3–4.5 m long, fairly stiff, bright green, shiny, in terminal crown; lamina circular, c. 2 m diam., thin textured, divided into c. 70 divided segments; petiole 1.5–2.5 m long, c. 6 cm across tapering to c. 2 cm at apex, erect or decurved, margins with recurved spines mostly towards the base.
Panicle c. 1 m long, arising amongst the leaves; spathes several, 15–25 cm long; flowers 3–5 mm diam., cream-white; stamens 6; ovary 3-lobed.
Fruit globose, 1–1.5 cm diam., red turning black, 1-seeded.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in coastal districts. NC, CC, SC; Qld, Vic.
Grows in moist sclerophyll forest, often in swampy sites, and on margins of rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
These plants were popular with Aboriginal people and early settlers for their tasty 'cabbage', the growing point.
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by A. K. Brooks
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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