Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Bangalow Palm is a slender, fast
growing feather palm reaching about 10 to 15 metres in height,
with a smooth grey trunk, an arching crown of mid-green pinnate
leaves about 3 metres long and a brownish-purple crownshaft.
Fragrant mauve flowers appear between December and April, followed
by bright red fleshy fruits. These attract butterflies and many
native birds including the Crimson Rosella, Lewin’s Honeyeater and
Satin Bowerbird. Bangalow Palm is generally found in coastal rainforest,
between Mackay in Queensland and Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales, in
damp situations such as sheltered gullies and lining the banks of
streams and swamps. Bangalows usually grow in stands with individual
plants at different stages of development, in pure stands or intermingled
with other wet sclerophyll or rainforest trees and understorey plants.
They look marvellous when used like this in sheltered gullies and shaded
''rainforest'' gardens, and scattered around swimming pools, lagoons and