On Jun 16, 2004, klaude from Cairns Australia (Zone 11) wrote:
This palm does grow naturally in some of the wetter areas of North East Queensland (sorry palmbob, but I disagree with your comment that it is from the drier areas), though it is not a palm of the rainforest, but from the open lowland forest. Around Cairns it is occurs naturally but is rarely used as a horticultural subject, mainly because of it's slow growth, and the variety of alternatives available. Unfortunately many beautiful naturally growing specimens are being lost to urban development.
On Mar 6, 2004, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Have not had much success with this species... very touchy as a seedling, but many have been able to grow it in So Cal.. seems to a be a bit touchy about being overwatered (which is odd as it can grow in very moist tropical climates, even in water-logged soils), and certainly doesn't like to have crown watered a lot (gets bud rot easily). From the drier parts of N Australia but also monsoonal areas of New Guinea. Has stiffer leaves than most Livistona, and in warm climates, produces very ornamental red infloresences. In drier, marginal climates like ours here in Southern California, palm has a very tight, dense crown and is very slow growing (almost a dwarf palm).
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions: