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Distribution & Habitat:
A Fijian endemic that inhabits swampy areas in clearings where the ground is constantly wet and it receives good sunlight. It can be found in a few stands on Viti Levu and in one location on Vanua Levu.
This is a stout palm to 15 meters in height with spined fronds to 5 meters in length. Seeds are roundish and up to 8 cm in diameter with green scales that later turn brown.
The fronds are used for thatching and the heart is eaten. Due to overuse it is considered vulnerable.
A good, fast growing palm for cultivation but will need replacing after about 20 years as it is [[en.wikipedia.orgwikiMonocarpic" monocarpic.
Jim Valentine (Text & Figure 1,2,3,4&5)