Remnant population now growing in cleared grazing land, but with little regeneration occurring.
Endemic to a small area, low number of individuals, therefore very rare and endangered.
Distribution & Habitat:
12 individual palms in 2 groups near Kona, Hawai'i, in lowland rainforest on gently sloping rocky soils, rainfall 2000mm.
A tall forest palm similar to P. beccariana , it has a slender trunk 30-40 metres, 30cm in diameter a spherical crown with about 30 leaves, petioles densely tawn woolly below, leaf bladesgreen above and dotted underneath with minute pale brown scales, variable globose to obovoid fruits, brown-black with brown spots when ripe, 30-50 mm long and 30-40 mm wide.
Discovered in 1960 by George Schattauer,while clearing land.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Probably the fastest growing of all Pritchardias.
Figure 1. P. schattaueri in habitat.
Figure 2. P. schattaueri sapling
Reference: 1. P. schattaueri Hodel, A new Pritchardia from South Kona, Hawaii, D Hodel, Hodel, Principes 29(1) pp31-34
Contributed by: Chris King (Text). Allan Bredeson (Figure 1&2).
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