The ‘Wait-a-while’ Palm (6)

The 'Wait-a-while' Palm (6) This image taken adjacent to the boardwalk at Red Peak Skyrail Station in the Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland, Australia, shows a greater than normal level of undergrowth because cyclone damage has opened up clearings in what is normally a closed-canopy rainforest.

The ‘Wait-a-while’ Palm (6) – The scientific name of this palm is Calamus motii. The word ‘motii’ is a local aboriginal one and I think it maybe describes the sound made by flicking the large sharp spines on the stem. These hooks help the plant to climb high up into the canopy of the Daintree tropical rainforest by latching on to bigger trees. Red Peak (Skyrail) Station, Barron Gorge National Park, Queensland, Australia. P1150057aBlog6

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