Calamus muelleri H. Wendl.

Southern Lawyer Cane

Stems slender, prickly. Leaves to about 60 cm long, prickly. Leaflets 15-20, each 10-20 cm long, narrow, dark green, margins spiny. Panicles to 1 m long. Fruit about 1 cm wide, globose, spiny.

Queensland, New South Wales

Occurs in rainforest.

Grows readily in well-drained soil in shade.


C. viminalis Willd. from India and Malaysia is a vigorous cluster-forming slender climber. Stems prickly. Leaves to about 1.5 m long. Leaf sheaths with brown to blackish felt of hair and long whip-tip. Leaflets numerous, clustered, narrow, pale green. Panicles to 2 m long. Fruit about 1 cm across, yellow, beaked. Although spiny, this is an attractive palm. Needs room to develop and semi-shade.

Source: Jones, D; Spencer, R. (2005). Arecaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
genus        Calamus L.