Common name: Australian ribbon palm, Weeping cabbage palm
Height at maturity: 10 meters
Exposure: sunny, partial shade
Plant type: palm
Type of soil: rich and draining
Watering: keep the substrate cool
Use: pot, isolated
Diseases and pests: spider mites, scale insects
Toxicity: not determined
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
This palm is endemic to the Queensland coast in Australia where the climate of this region is temperate to subtropical. This Decipiens variety was chosen because it is more acclimatizable to cold than the other varieties of livistona. Plus the decipiens has the most drooping branches, the most weeping habit.
The seeds germinate quickly, the young plants withstand temperatures of -7°C without significant damage if the cold periods are short. The adult subjects resist well to -8°C and the most robust plants will retain their faculties down to -12°C without losing too many leaves, the plant will start again the following spring.
Young plants like partial shade, do not like strong winds. Adults like full sun.
The trunk of the palm is thin and slender, fissured gray, swollen at the base, it can reach 10 meters in height. These leaves are deeply cut.
The infloresence is characterized by flowers that are bisexual (monoecious). The inflorescences are very feathery. The fruits are drupes and when ripe they take on a blackish color the size and shape of an olive.