The Australian gulf of Carpentaria gave its name to this tree.
Carpentaria PalmScientific Name: Carpentaria acuminata
Size: Rapidly up to 40 feet (12 m) up to 12 feet in diameter (3.6 m)
Min. Temperature: 24 to 26°F (-4 to -3°C)
Water Requirements: Abundant water when growing
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Germination: It is better but not absolutely necessary to clean the seed from the remnants of fruit. The flesh of the seeds should not be handled with bare hands. They should germinate in 2 to 4 months at temperature above 80°F. First leaf is bifid.
12 leaves, about 100 leaflets,
6 feet long (1.8 m).
gray brown, smooth. Leaf scars far apart on fast growing trees,
Up to 10 inches in diameter (25 cm), base same diameter as trunk.
Flower: in group of 3 with 2 male flowers for 1 female.
Flower stalk coming from under the crownshaft, 4 feet long (1.2 m).
Fruit: red to black.
0.75 inch long (2 cm).
The Carpentaria Palms are self cleaning. They can use heavy fertilization and mulch for rapid growth. In good conditions, the carpentaria palm matures in 5 to 6 year. Because of its fast growth, the trunk can stay soft for a long time and care should be taken not to damage it.
The mature carpentaria can be transplanted relatively easily. The leaves should be tied to reduce evaporation and protect the bud.
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