Friday, 25 March 2011

Cabbage Tree palm


These are Cabbage Tree palms - livistona australis. When Sydney was settled by Europeans in January 1788, there were healthy stands of CTP around the area. However, within a few short months, there were very few within 10 miles of Sydney Cove. The fanned leaves were sought after for thatching daub and wattle huts.

The City of Sydney is replanting these palms at a great rate of knots. They are not my favourite. I gather the inner part of the fan develops a fruit in the shape of a cabbage. It also has long brushes of white flowers.

11 comments:

Mark said...

Yep I also think they are terrible urban plantings. They look good in their natural environment. The plantings in Darling Harbour look so forlorn.

Julie said...

Yes, Darling Harbour looks forlorn. Anb the stand of palms in Chifley Plaza in the centre of the financial district looks decidedly down at heel, and when the plastic 'statue' of old Ben is added to the mix, the plaza looks tawdry.

But it is authentic ... whatever that now means.

J Bar said...

I like this peek of the bridge again.

brattcat said...

Like J Bar, I, too, felt drawn to the brick and bridge elements in this image.

Peter said...

good for hats

Joan Elizabeth said...

I've never thought of palm trees being native to the Sydney area ... seems so tropical ... mind you I was down there today and it felt tropical. The jumper I was wearing up here soon got stripped off.

diane b said...

Does seem strange to have palms in Sydney. I thought the only natural grove of the cabbage tree palms was in Palm valley near Alice Springs.

Julie said...

Not that I know of Diane. They seem native to the East Coast, above and below Sydney. There are some on the coast of Victoria too.

But yes, they seem foreign in Sydney. I much prefer the Port Jackson and Moreton Bay Figs.

Domus said...

Si, Sydney è una delle più belle città del mondo. Accanto al Ponte ci sono le Vele sferrate nella baia da J. Utzon (Opera House). Abbracci. Domus

weatherhead said...

The palms in this picture aren't Cabbage Tree Palms (Livistonia Australis). They look like the Chinese Fan Palms (Livistona chinensis).

Julie said...

I am not an expert in Livistonia, Weatherhead, however I am not sure they are chinensis. I have only shown the top part of the trunk, and can only estimate their height, but think that is level with the observation deck of the Overseas terminal. Rather than show the entir palm I was more intent on showing some greenery to soften the lines of the bridge. If I am right, the chinensis has leaves covering much of its trunk depending on the amount of sun it receives. Here it is in full sun. Send me a link to direct my reading, please.