© 2010 Kathy Keating Screw Palm Trees

Screw Palm Trees

On the last full day of my long weekend trip to Darwin, I rented a car and headed out to Berry Springs to visit the Territory Wildlife Park. It was only about a 45-minute drive from Darwin, but it felt like its own separate world.

I walked along the woodland area of the park and came across another unique type of tree. These weird looking trees have rather unfortunate names (both the scientific and the common English ones). The scientific name is Pandanus Spiralis, and the common English name is the Screw Palm. The spiral patterns along the trees’ trunks are made from the trees’ old leaves.

I took this photo at the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in May 2010.

© Kathy Keating and An Expat’s Photoblog, 2010.