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My Palms - (check it out Andy and Marguerite) See if I've got them...


By bernieh


First of all thanks very much to everybody for all your help. I took on board your ideas and used the internet to look up palms and this is what I’ve come up with:

1. Chamaedorea seifrizii (syn: erumpens) – Bamboo Palm

2. Elaeis guineensis – African Oil Palm (there are 3 photos for this palm)



3. Livistona rotundifolia – Footstool Palm

4. Pritchardia Pacifica – Fiji Fan Palm

5. Licuala Grandis – Ruffled Fan Palm

6. Adonidia merrillii – Christmas Palm

7. Possibly the Wodyetia Bifurcata – Foxtail Palm (there are two photos of this)


8. Caryota Mitis – Fishtail Palm

Let me know what you think. Thanks again.

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Obviously, I can't ID palms, bernie, but what a set of beauties! Thanks for showing them to us. :-)

18 Mar, 2009


Hi Marguerite - yes I was getting confused with the previous numbering system. The fishtail does appear to be a clumping variety but is very small - had died off and is coming back so I'll wait to see. I'm still unsure about the foxtails as this palm doesn't seem frilly enough - these were here when we moved in and are now around 6 metres tall with those very slim trunks. Thanks for your help - I'm learning lots!

18 Mar, 2009



Beautiful palm photos, as usual!

Livistona rotundifolia is quite possibly correct, however, it is very difficult to identify the species until they flower. This is how botanist identify palm species and even then it can be quite a challenge.

Licuala grandis is not correct for no. 5. I think it is Licuala ramsayi...or another species. Licuala grandis has entire costapalmate fronds (a split-leaf form is extremely rare).

Photos 7, 7a are definitely not Wodyetia bifurcata. My opinion is: it's Ptychosperma lineare. The biggest problem with Ptychosperma is that they are a highly variable species. (meaning the same species can grow, look differently according to cultural and climatic location and conditions)

The other palms seem to be correctly identified in my opinion.

23 Mar, 2009


7a and 7b are Veitchias... possible the Veitchia Montgomeryana "Montgomery Palm" or Veitchia Macdanielsii... it can be difficult to tell between some species, but it's definitely a Veitchia.

20 Aug, 2014

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