Ptychosperma elegans (R.Br.) Blume
Blume, C. (1836) Rumphia 2 : 118.
Bangalow; Solitaire Palm; Palm, Solitaire; Elegant Palm; Palm, Elegant
Grows up to 12 m tall but usually flowers and fruits when much smaller. Stem solitary.
Inflorescence 65-70 cm long bearing flowers in groups of three consisting of two male and one female flower. Male flowers with sepals 3, c. 1.5-2 mm long, light green; petals 3, c. 6 mm long, light green; stamens 12-22 per flower; ovary, style and stigma always well developed but the ovules are absent in the male flowers. Female flowers with sepals 3, 2.5 x 2-.5 mm, green; petals 3, 5 x 2.5 mm, green; c. 6 staminodes present; stigma 1 mm llong, recurved.
Seed germination time 79 days. First pair of leaves compound with two broad-based, sessile, longitudinally veined leaflets. Apices praemorse. Leaf blades about 3-6.5 x 1.5-3 cm, petioles about 3.5 cm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf compound with two broad-based, sessile, longitudinally veined leaflets. Apices praemorse.