Common name: little mountain palm, moorei palm
Lepidorrhachis mooreana (F.Muell.) O.F.Cook APNI*
Description: Short palm, with sturdy trunk to 2 m tall.
Leaves pinnate, stiff, arcuate, 1–1.5 m long.
Inflorescence paniculate, much branched, 30–50 cm long. Male flowers developing first; petals c. twice as long as sepals; anthers dorsifixed. Female flowers cream-coloured, c. 8 mm long.
Fruit a globular drupe, c. 1 cm diam., red.
Flowering: Flowers Jun–December
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Restricted to the dwarf forest above 750 m on Mts Gower and Lidgbird.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Critically Endangered
Listed as a critically endangered species - see http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/lepidorrhachismooreanaFD.htm
Text by K.L. Wilson (Jan 2013); edited KL Wilson (April 2014)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green, Flora of Australia vol 49 (1994)
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