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Cocos Palm

Cocos Palm
Photo: Lorna Rose
Invasive Plant
Cocos Palm
Syagrus romanzoffiana

This fast growing palm with smooth grey trunk can reach 20m in height. It has a crown of arching fronds with plume like dark green leaves. This palm does not 'self clean' and retains spent fronds against the trunk for many months. Flowers are inconspicuous however the fruit are bright orange-red and 25mm in diameter.



  • Birds, bats, rats and flying foxes are drawn to the attractive fruit and assist in seed dispersal.
  • Garden dumping is also responsible for the wider distribution of this plant.
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Other superior selections include;

  • Livistona drudei - Cabbage Tree Palm
  • Livistona decora - Weeping Cabbage Tree Palm

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Alternative Plants

Cabbage Palm
Photo: Lorna Rose
Alternative Plant Cabbage Palm
Livistona australis
Trees and Shrubs

This native palm has fanshaped leaves and generally a smooth trunk. It is native throughout coastal areas and into East Gippsland. Remnant trees, sometimes as much as 30 metres high, can often be seen in gullies in cleared paddocks on the coast.

Carnarvon Fan Palm
Photo: Craig Eddie - Boobook Images
Alternative Plant Carnarvon Fan Palm
Livistona nitida
Trees and Shrubs

This tall stately fan palm will grow to 30 metres in height but is normally shorter in cultivated situations. Native to the region around Carnarvon Gorge and Isla Gorge it will grow in variable soil conditions and is drought and frost tolerant. It has bright green deeply divided leaves that droop down completing an open and rounded crown.

Foxtail Palm
Photo: Norwood
Alternative Plant Foxtail Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata
Trees and Shrubs

Spectacular palm from North Queensland and worldwide best seller. Large 2.5m long plumose fronds of dark green emerge from the slightly bottle shaped clean trunk. The fruit are reddish orange, plentiful and large (6cm). This is a self cleaning palm that sheds old foliage.

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