Carpentaria Palm : Carpentaria Acuminata
The Carpentaria Palm is very popular in the Sunshine State for its fast growth and elegance. The palms are often planted in groops of tree or more. They are suitable for climates with adequate moisture. Carpentaria palms are very popular in Northern Australia. Carpentaria Acuminata is also can be used successfully indoors.
Scientific name: Carpentaria Acuminata
Origin: It is native to the northern rain forest areas in Australia.
Growth rate: It is rapid growing plant.
Trunk: The slender, tall, ringed, smooth, self-cleaning, slightly enlarged at the base grey trunk grows up to 40 feet tall.
Leaves: The leaves are pinnate, arching, 10-13 feet long, deep green on the top and blue-green downside. Old leaves dry out and shed constantly.
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Both
Light exposure: It loves full sun or partial shade.
Water requirements: It has high water requirements.
Drought toleration: It is not drought tolerant.
Cold toleration: They are moderate cold tolerant. They can take temperature down to 30 F.
Flowers: The stalks of green to white flowers come from below the crownshaft. Male and female flowers occur on the same inflorescence. They blooms all year around.
Fruits: The trees start to produce fruits after 5-6 years. They form large clusters of red fruits that look very attractive but should be avoided. The juice from fruits contains calcium oxylate and can severe irritate the skin. The fruits are consumed by birds and and bats.
Propagation: The seeds germinate easily in 2-3 months. The flesh of seeds can’t be handled with bare hands.
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