Walking Stick Linospadix monostachya / Palms
Linospadix monostachyos known as the walking stick palm is a small palm growing in rainforest understorey in Queensland and New South Wales. It requires deep shade, excellent shelter from wind and humus rich soil to do well.
A slow-growing delicate palm that rarely grows taller than 2m, it has a slender single-stemmed trunk with attractive bamboo-like rings. It lacks a crownshaft but has a dense crown of weeping fronds of glossy dark green leaves 30 -100 cm long. Feather-like, the leaves have a flat end and look almost as if they have been torn across. Long drooping spikes of flowers are followed by bright red berries.
The plant’s common name comes from the strong straight stem which remains consistently around 3cm and was harvested post- World War 1 to make walking sticks for returned wounded soldiers. A comfortable hand grip was carved from the compact root ball found at the base of the stem.
As this palm naturally occurs in very wet areas of the ranges (up to 3000mm of rainfall per year) it ideally prefers moist well-drained soils, so water well especially in early stages after planting. Once established it is more drought tolerant. Mulch well to help maintain moisture in soil and to reduce the need for extra watering.
For a potted plant keep the soil regularly moist and provide adequate drainage and aeration (a shallow layer of rocks or broken clay pots in the bottom of the pot will do the trick.
- Requires shade or bright filtered light with no direct sunlight.
- Low wind tolerant.
- Requires frost free site or indoors.
- Grows to a height of 1.5 metres (approx).
- Requires adequate moisture.
- Manages coastal conditions well. Salt spray will cause minimal marking.
- Prefers a warm temperature.