Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Laccospadix australasicus H.Wendl. & Drude
Wendland, H. & Drude, C.G.O. (1875) Linnaea 39: 206. Type: Australiae ora tropica orientalis, ubi ad sinum Rockingham Bay! haec Palma lecta est 8.Febr.1866 in tractibus montium litus comitantibus. N.W.Uh.
Palm, Atherton; Palm, Black; Mountain Mist Palm; Black Palm; Atherton Palm; Palm, Mountain Mist
Usually grows more than 6 m tall but also flowers and fruits when smaller. Often multistemmed or with the stems in clumps.
Petioles about 60 cm long. Leaflets sessile, 17-40 x 1.5-3 cm, major veins raised on the upper surface. Base of the leafletsca. folded lengthwise, convex on the upper surface. Compound leaf rhachis ca. triangular in transverse section, angular on the upper surface. Leaflets all discrete, even the apical ones.
Flowers borne in spikes 30-200 cm long, on peduncles 40-50 cm long.
Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 100-1600 m. Grows as an understory plant in wet mountain rain forests usually on soils derived from granite.