Hedyscepe canterburyana (C. Moore & F. Muell.) H. Wendl. & Drude

Umbrella Palm

Spineless palm to 8 m or more tall, with a slender grey leaf-scar-ringed trunk, the rings 2-5 cm apart. Crownshaft tubular, bluish-green to silvery, about 50 cm long. Leaves feather-shaped, 1.5-2 m long, arching in a dense crown. Leaflets dark green, stiffly erect. Flowers unisexual but both sexes on the same plant, cream-coloured. Panicle arising from the base of the crownshaft. Fruit to 5 cm long, 4 cm wide, ellipsoid, dull red. [Kentia canterburyana C. Moore & F. Muell.]

Lord Howe Island

Grows naturally in mountainous forests and high cliffs. Very ornamental but with specialised requirements and uncommonly grown.

Trunk slender, ringed; crownshaft prominent, bluish-green to silvery; leaves arching, feather-shaped in a flat crown with stiffly erect leaflets.

NSW: Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney). Vic: Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens)).

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        Hedyscepe H.Wendl. & Drude