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Livistona australis
Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis var. subglobossa
Livistona decipiens
Livistona drudei
Livistona fulva
Livistona muelleri
Livistona nitida
Livistona saribus
Livistona sp
Livistona speciosa

Livistona nitida

Common name: Carnavon Palm
Native to: Australia
Mature height: 50'
Mature spread: 15'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: palmate
Livistona nitida

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dennis Valdez Garden


A somewhat obscure species from a single remote location known as the Carnarvon Gorge of eucalyptus forests area of central Queensland in Australia at an elevation of about 3300 feet. The climate in habitat is similar to Savannah. Typical specimens in California are not known to exceeded 50 feet tall, but some trees in habitat reported to be 100 feet tall. Does not retain thatch leaving a smooth trunk. Has bright green deeply divided and relaxed palmate leaves which are uniquely different from any other Livistona. Responds with rapid growth in cultivation with constant moisture as long as soil is well drained. Is also drought tolerant and will withstand heavy frosts.

This species in the garden:
Growth rate: slow
Sunlight: full sun
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 24 F
Seed or plant availability: rare

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