Vicious Lawyer Cane
Form and Size: A tall and vigorous climbing palm, clump forming,
with one stem usually dominant. If this is damaged, another will take its place. Almost all parts of the leaves and
inflorescences carry spines or hooks. Long whip-like appendages attached to the leaf-sheath, (flagella) carrying
recurved hooks, assist with climbing.
Distribution: Lowland and highland rainforests of north-east
Leaves: 2-3m long, with 30-40 leaflets, widely spaced, green,
narrow lance-shaped, scattered spines.
Flowers: Greenish, 0.3-0.4cm diameter, borne on long, sparsely
branched panicles 2-3m long.
Flowering Period: November to March.
Fruit: Cream or white, globular with a small nipple, 0.8-1cm
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from fresh seed which should
germinate in 3-4 months. Generally only grown by enthusiasts or in display gardens. Fruit are eagerly sought by
fruit eating birds.