|Fishtail lawyer cane|
A.Cunn. ex Mart.
Calamus caryotoides (also Palmijuncus caryotoides), more commonly known as fishtail lawyer cane is a North-East Queensland tropical forest climbing palm with very thin (12 mm) flexible trunks; no crownshaft; small spikes; dark green, glossy, fish-tail shaped leaves reaching up to 15 m high (5m spread); and very thin hooked flagella
The thin flexible trunks of this (and other) climbing palm made ideal building frames, or rope and string when split. The young shoots were eaten to cure headaches.
- "Calamus caryotoides". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- Calamus caryotoides, palm-trees.org. Accessed 24 June 2009
- Cairns Botanical Gardens (no date) Aboriginal Plant Use Garden: Cairns Rainforest Region. Cairns Botanical Gardens. Cairns.
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