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Botanical Name Archontophoenix alexandrae
Common Name Alexandra Palm
Chinese Name 假檳榔
Family Arecaceae (Palmae)
Genus Archontophoenix
Alexandra Palm is a tree that grows up to 20 to 30 m tall. Its upright trunk has a smooth surface with neat, prominent rings and a slightly swollen base. Leaves pinnate, 2 to 3 m long. The lobes, regularly arranged in two rows on both sides of the rachis, are linear-lanceolate, up to 45 cm long and 3 to 5 cm wide, with an acuminate apex, entire or incised margin, a dark green upper surface and the lower surface covered in greyish white scales. The long, bright green leaf sheaths are expanded and amplexicaul. The flowers, white or cream in colour, are arranged on a trichotomous, drooping spadix of 50 to 80 cm long. The ovoid fruits, 1.2 to 1.4 cm long, turn red when ripe. The plant flowers from late summer to early autumn and bears fruit in winter.

Not a hardy species, the tree favours sunny environment and thrives in a hot, humid climate. It is native to Australia and widely grown in the southern cities of China as garden ornamentals or pavement trees.
( Translated from Flora of Guangdong )
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