A very graceful and useful Australian Palm, now known more correctly as Archontophoenix Cunninghami. The arching leaves remind one of the Howeas (Kentias), but are not so glossy or so deep in colour. Associated with this species is Archontophoenix (or Ptycho-sperma) Alexandres, which is similar in appearance, but may be distinguished by the blue-green under surface of the leaves. The trade in these species has declined considerably since the introduction of the Howeas (Kentias). Other Palms met with in botanical and private collections and sparingly stocked by some nurserymen are the following: Acanthophoenix (Areca) crinita and A. rubra, from Mauritius and Bourbon; very charming in a young state, and requiring abundance of heat and moisture. Brahea edulis, from Mexico; Calamus ciliaris, from Tropical Asia; Caryota, various species; Chamoedorea, several species; Chamcerops humilis, the only Palm indigenous to Europe, and quite hardy in the mildest parts of the British Islands. C. Fortunei (or Trachycarpus excelsa) is a hardier plant, popularly known as the "Chusan Palm". Doemonorops, several species, ornamental in appearance when young, and having spiny stems. Euterpe edulis and E. oleracea are the Cabbage Palms of South America, and have pinnate gracefully arching leaves, and are highly ornamental in the young state, but will not stand very much rough usage. Hyophorbe {Areca) Verschaffelti is a stove Palm, ornamental in appearance owing to its deep-green gracefully arching leaves with yellowish nerves. Linospadix Micholitzi and L. Petrickiana (fig. 293) are two graceful Palms of recent introduction from New Guinea. They are dwarf and tufted in habit, and the young leaves are of a rich brown purple. They require stove treatment. Martinezia caryotoefolia is a distinct stove Palm, while the species of Penanga are remarkable for their mottled leaves. Pritchardia aurea is met with occasionally as a big specimen for furnishing or decorative work, and is recognized by its large yellowish leaves. Ptychoraphis augusta, P. Sanderiana, and P. singaporensis are elegant Malayan Palms with pinnate leaves resembling those of Cocos Weddelliana and Geonoma gracilis. They are charming in the young state, and should prove an excellent investment for the market grower. When hardened off they will stand well in rooms, halls, etc. All the species of Thrinax are graceful in a young state, especially T. Morrisi and T. Pumilio. Verschajfeltia splendida is a striking Palm from Mauritius with large two-lobed leaves. Wallichia densiflora and W. caryotoides are dwarf, tufted Tropical Palms; and Washingtonia filifera (often called a Pritchardia) is a fine Californian plant with bright-green palmate leaves.

Linospadix Petrickiana.

Fig. 293. - Linospadix Petrickiana.