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PlantFiles: Carpentaria Palm
Carpentaria acuminata

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carpentaria (kar-pen-TAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Palm1978 On Jul 24, 2012, Palm1978 from Bonita Springs, FL wrote:

This palm is common in Southwest Florida but not nearly as common as it is in South Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc). Not readily available at retail stores at this time. Seems to tolerate our cold spells and has fewer pest problems than other palms. Usually seen as a solitaire but sometimes as a double or triple trunk.

Positive tropicbreeze On Feb 15, 2009, tropicbreeze from noonamah
Australia wrote:

This palm can be a bit invasive, being such a prolific seeder with a high germination rate. They naturally occur along streams and seasonally wet areas, coping with waterlogging through the wet season.

One of my plants has reached about 7 metres in 5 years without any watering, although part of its root system would have reached a watered area. Another growing in the watered area is about 9 - 10 metres in the same time with a bulkier crown.

As caustic as the fruits are they're eaten by Flying Foxes and Torresian Imperial Pigeons. Their droppings are black and make a bit of a mess on paved pathways and plants below the palms. Haven't noticed any negative effects from the droppings on affected plants.

Neutral Cearbhaill On Jun 13, 2005, Cearbhaill from Russell, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very easy grower Zone 10b South Florida.
Fast growing- we call ours "The Beanstalk".

Positive jungleboy_fl On Nov 15, 2004, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

This palm is used frequently in south Florida. It is well suited to the urban landscape- tall and slim, with gracefully arching leaves. The trunk is ringed, and a grey color. As a bonus, it has beautiful brilliant red fruit that hangs in large clusters from the trunk. Important note: the pulp of the fruit is very irritating to skin- feeling like you washed your hands in habanero sauce! My specimen is about 20' tall, and is always in bloom, with flowers, immature fruit, and mature fruit always on display. This is by no means a rare palm, but definitely a good choice in the warmer parts of Florida.

Positive Kylecawaza On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

In Orange County there are smaller flawlesss specimens of this tree.

Positive palmbob On Feb 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Attractive and relatively common avenue and landscape palm in the tropics. Also survives in Southern California in excellent microclimates and along the coast. In the tropics this is known as one of the faster growing palm species. Here in So Cal, that is certainly not the case, though. The trunk in the tropics is thin and elegant. Here in So Cal it is thin, but markedly stepped at the rings, almost giving it a telescoping effect. Can't tolerate temps much below freezing though. Is a relatively thin trunk palm with a long, light green crownshaft and prominently ringed trunk. Leaves are markedly recurved and neat looking. Fruit is bright red. From Australia


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Whittier, California
Bonita Springs, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Naples, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Honolulu, Hawaii

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