Bangalow_palm.JPG (59259 bytes)Archontophoenix cunninghamiana: is a member of the Arecaceae family and is known as either the Bangalow Palm or Piccabeen Palm.

The Bangalow Palm has a solitary stem that may reach a height of 25 metres with a diameter of 25 centimetres. The stem is slightly enlarged at the base.

The fronds may reach a length of three metres with individual segments 30-50 centimetres long with thread-like points. They are green on both surfaces.

Spring flowers are pink to lilac and are followed by bright red, globular fruits. Native birds are fond of the fruit.

Bangalow Palms are widely cultivated in warmer areas and are frequently grown in larger gardens and parks.

The species will survive and thrive in full sun but requires supplementary watering in dry periods. Young plants are frost tender.

Perhaps in colder areas Bangalow Palms should be treated as indoor plants and grown in containers. For indoor use 3-5 plants in the one pot would make a dramatic feature.

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana is a native of coastal New South Wales and Queensland.

Propagate from seed that should be sown when fresh. Germination may take from 6-12 months. It is said that seedlings are difficult to transplant so it is probably better to sow the seeds where the plants are intended to grow.