Ptychosperma elegans

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Ptychosperma elegans
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Ptychosperma
Species: P. elegans
Binomial name
Ptychosperma elegans
(R.Br.) Blume

Seaforthia elegans R.Br.

Ptychosperma elegans is a very slender palm endemic to the Northern Territory and eastern Queensland in Australia.[1] It has the common names of Alexander palm,[2] Solitaire palm, cabbage palm, and elegant palm.

The palm's native habitats are coastal rainforests in northern Australia.[3]


Ptychosperma elegans is cultivated as an ornamental tree for planting in temperate climate gardens and parks.[4] It is a single trunked tree, that in cultivation can reach 20–40 feet (6.1–12.2 m) in height.[3]

The trunk is 1–4 inches (2.5–10.2 cm) in diameter. It is light gray or almost white, with dark leaf base scars encircling the trunk.[5]

The pinnately compound leaves or fronds can reach lengths of 6–8 feet (1.8–2.4 m) and are attached to a 1 foot (0.30 m) long petiole. They are dark green on the top and gray-green on the underside.[5]

Inflorescences produce white male and female flowers. Fruits are bright red, about one inch in diameter, and egg shaped.[3][5]

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