Cabbage Tree Palm forest by girlie

Cabbage Tree Palm forest

We took a four kilometre walk through a magnificent Cabbage Tree Palm forest in Booti Booti National Park. The Cabbage Tree Palm (Livistona australis) grows only on the east coast of Australia and has leaves plaited like a fan. In summer it has spikes of cream, sweetly scented flowers and bears a small, sweet cabbage-like fruit. In the very early years of European settlement in Australia, the leaves of this palm were used to make hats by the convicts and free settlers; they were known as cabbage tree hats.
I like the colors, the leaves and the placement of the walkers. A really good photo.
February 11th, 2011  
Like all the green aroudn them!! Beautiful
February 11th, 2011  
beautiful
February 11th, 2011  
lovely shot. what a great place to walk.
February 11th, 2011  
Aren't they fabulous palms,love the light filtering through.
February 11th, 2011  
Nature keeps to amaze me! I didn't know there were whole palm-forests! I only know them on the edge of a beach... Tthis looks like a really wild forest too, great capture!
February 11th, 2011  
Always interesting to see and read more about Australia's unique flora. Great shot.
February 11th, 2011  
I love the light filtering through leaves in a rainforest - lovely shot.
February 11th, 2011  
What a wonderful place to walk, the trees look beautiful, and provide shade from the sun. it looks hot
February 11th, 2011  
Great place to walk-wonderful National Forest. We have cabbage palms in South Florida also, but probably a different variety. The leaves fan out as yours do.
February 11th, 2011  
Lovely place. Looks inviting to me
February 11th, 2011  
Gorgeous shot, it looks like a tropical rain forest....I honestly never knew how varied the landscape is in Australia. Magnificent trees!
February 11th, 2011  
Great shot - shows the scale of these trees well.
February 11th, 2011  
Looks so lovely to walk through,love the colours x
February 11th, 2011  
What a great walking trail. Are there any critters you have to watch out for?
February 12th, 2011  
looks like a gorgeous place to walk/hike. the colors around you are great. so much beauty.
February 12th, 2011  
You get around, Robin, which is good for all of us. A beautiful place.
February 12th, 2011  
This is a beautiful place. The photo is gorgeous. Also, so interesting!
February 12th, 2011  
@gingersanders @wenzi @kirsty1975 @mixiewing @kirsty @geertje @ellida @brittgow Thanks everyone! @snowy Thanks Diana. Yes, it was 38 degs C that day. @ladydi @kezzam Thanks Diana and Kerry. @bluemoon Thanks Paula. Yes we go from temperate/cold up to deep tropics and a great deal of desert country in the middle as well. @littlec @redfl83 Thanks very much. @sarasdadandmom Thanks Terry. Oh, yes, plenty of 'critters'; lots of deadly and poisonous snakes and spiders. Just need to keep the eyes peeled when we walk anywhere. @robinwarner @lou46 @maryellen Thanks very much for your lovely comments.
February 12th, 2011  
What a fantastic shot. Thanks for the info.....wonderful..
February 12th, 2011  
This is gorgeous Robin. Another tropical paradise. Although, my first thought was that I would be scared of the spiders and snakes!! Then I read your response above. Yep, I'll stay in the sand. lol!!
February 12th, 2011  
Excellent shot Robin. Have you tried this fruit?
February 12th, 2011  
@ladydi It's possible that these have been taken to other countries as they're popular because of their fan shape and can be grown in pots as well as gardens. But these particular ones only grow wild here.
February 12th, 2011  
Great Shot Love The Palms Do They Have Cycads In Australia
February 12th, 2011  
@maggie2 Thanks, Margaret. No, I haven't tried them. They grow in the wild and by the time the cabbages develop they are quite high up and difficult to reach by someone like me.
@top2042 Thanks. Yes, we certainly have Cycads. They are the most ancient of the world's cycads, having originally grown in Gondwanaland, the supercontinent that originally joined Australia, Africa and South America, among others. They grow wild in our rainforests and jungles and are also propagated for people's gardens.
February 12th, 2011  
Oooh! So many picture opportunities in there! Nice shot.
February 12th, 2011  
Nice 'action' shot - so much to look at :)
February 12th, 2011  
Looks like a wonderful place to walk. Love your composition, the fronds of these trees look fabulous and I like that you included people to demonstrate the size and density of the forest.
February 12th, 2011  
Seems to be a great place to walk in. Thanks for the information, alway interesting.
February 12th, 2011  
Very lush. Great texture in the leaves.
February 12th, 2011  
That's my kind of jungle...not trees but palms!!! =)
February 12th, 2011  
Very nice!
February 12th, 2011  
Those people are dwarfed by those trees. Beautiful scenery & shot!
February 13th, 2011  
robin you go to the most beautiful places there! so green and lush and beautiful this is.
February 13th, 2011  
February 13th, 2011  
How beautifully tropical, dense, unspoiled and wonderfully wild!
February 13th, 2011  
This is a peaceful cool looking scene. I know it is probably steaming hot but it doesn't show in your nice photo.
February 13th, 2011  
Wow, this is beautiful. I'm blown away by the size of those fronds!
February 13th, 2011  
Robin, now looking at these Cabbage Palm trees I am now sure I have been here. This is a patch of rainforest as I remember - such a beautiful place.
February 14th, 2011  
@peggysirk @wac @shantwin Thanks Peggy, Wendy and Shannon. It was much cooler here than in the open. @miraries You've probably been here at sometime. It's in Booti Booti NP and is not actually a rainforest. Just these palms interspersed with eucalypts. Not much actual rainforest in these parts.
February 14th, 2011  
Love this one! I can "hear" the picture! All the different sounds in the trees and the feet making noise stepping in the dry leafs....
February 14th, 2011  
Just beautiful!! what we call cabbage trees in NZ are different to these .
February 17th, 2011  
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