Queen palm, cocus palm
Syagrus romanzoffiana, Fam. Arecaceae
Solitary palm to around 15m, with smooth grey trunk ringed with evenly spaced leaf scars and old persistent leaf bases, crowned with a large, dense canopy. Previously Arecastrum romanzoffianum, Cocos plumosa.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Palm or palm-like plant|
Compound, whorled, feathery pinnate, up to 5m long, with double rows of leaflets to 1000 x 30mm radiating at different angles, green upper surface and greyish below; initially arching but drooping toward the ground with age.
|Flower description:||Numerous yellow-gold, borne on many-branched axillary sprays, up to 2m long.|
|Fruit description:||Bright orange fleshy fibrous fruit to 30mm, hang in heavy bunches to 2m long. Each fruit contains 1 fibre-covered, ‘monkey-faced nut’.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: animals, especially bats; garden waste, water, contaminated soil and forest mulch. Invades/threats: creek banks, Melaleuca forest and wetlands. Notes: garden escapee. Has been widely used in landscaping though now often being removed due to large amount of messy fruit and large plant size. Fruit edible. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|