Sand palm, Livistona humilis, (merrepen, wumberra) is the most widespread Northern Territory palm. These resilient little palms provide food, medicine, fibre and colour.
The small slender palm grows in colonies as understory plants in the dry eucalyptus forests around Darwin. There is strength in numbers for plants as they communicate and nurture each other through their roots and by sending airborne signals.
There is constant chatter in the bush!
Winsome Jobling 2017
‘Plant gossip is not only spread on the breeze; the rhizosphere crackles with chatter too.’ Dan Cossins ‘Plant talk’ 2014