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Cabbage palm

With glossy green leaves spanning 3-4m in length and a trunk reaching a height of up to 30m, the cabbage tree palm, or fan palm, is one of the tallest Australian native plants. Thriving in rainforest margins along the east coast of NSW, in summer this giant palm produces striking spikes of cream flowers which resemble cabbages.

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The cabbage tree palm thrives in moist sclerophyll forests and rainforest margins. The growing tip of the palm is edible, and was popular with Aboriginal people as well as early settlers. The Eora People of the Sydney Basin used the tree’s fibrous bark to make fishing lines, and its leaves for weaving and thatched roofing.

Plant facts

Common name
Cabbage tree palm
Scientific name
Livistona australis
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this plant is found

A person enjoying the Rainforest Loop Walk. Photo:Andy Richards