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Red Leaf Palm,
Red Feather Palm,
Flame Thrower Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
New Caledonian rainforest.
Large feather palm to about 20m, with a spectacular, bright red new leaf, which stays red for up to 10 days. The leaflets are also very wide, thick, and shiny so even without a new leaf it is very distinctive
There are several well known varieties/cultivars of this palm. 1) var hookeri: This variety has a distinctly reddish tinge to the leaves as well as a very yellow crownshaft. Prefers more shade than the normal C. macrocarpa i.e. it won't take full sun. 2) Watermelon form: This form has an attractive yellow streaking on the crownshaft (see below).
The most popular of the New Caledonian palms in cultivation.
Full sun/light shade, moist, well drained (tho isn't averse to wet feet). Easily the fastest of the New Caledonian palms.
Ian Edwards (Figures 1&2)
Mike Gray (Figure 4)
Jason Skelly (Figure 5&6).