Gaussia maya (O.F. Cook) H.J. Quero & Read

Maya Palm

Trunk to 6 m or more, 20 cm wide, ringed. Leaves 6-8, to 3 m long, arching. Leaflets narrow, 3-4 cm wide, crowded, dark green, arranged in many planes. Fruit round or 2-lobed, 1-2 cm wide, bright red. [Opsiandra maya O.F. Cook]

Central America

Grown on a limited scale. Best appearance in semi-shade. Damaged by strong winds. Plants commonly carry a large number of inflorescences at different stages. The fruit contain caustic stinging crystals.

NSW: Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney). SA: Adelaide (Adelaide Botanic Garden).

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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
genus        Gaussia H.Wendl.