Cyphosperma trichospadix

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Figure 1. C. trichospadix in habitat.


Conservation Status:

It is considered Vulnerable.

Distribution & Habitat:

Fijian endemic. This is an understory palm found in elevations from 600 to 1100 meters on Taveuni and Vanua Levu.


A medium size palm growing to about 7 meters with a trunk thickness of 8 cm with 7 to 10 fronds of 2 to 2.5 meters. Fruits are oval and no more than 2 cm long and pale yellow when ripe.


This palm is not known in cultivation but may do well in tropical regions. It will require a lot of water and filtered light.

Figure 2. C. trichospadix infructescence.
Figure 3. C. trichospadix leaf bases and emerging inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Jim Valentine (Text & Figure 1,2&3)

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