Pritchardia napaliensis

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Figure 1. P. napaliensis


Conservation Status:

P. napaliensis is on the US Federal Endangered species list.

Distribution & Habitat:

Growing on the Napali cliffs on the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai near the Ho"olulu valley.


These are small palms, 4-6 metres high, with a trunk around 200 mm in diameter. The leaves are almost flat, smooth on the top surface, but densely covered with gold felt on the lower side. The inflorescence is similar in size to the petiole. The fruits are ovoid, approximately 23x18mm and the seed is 13-15 mm in diameter (Fig. 3).


St John described this species in 1981 Wagner; Herbst & Sohmer have classified a number of palms as belonging to the Pritchardia remota complex. The additional palms are: P. aylmer-robinsonii and P. glabrata.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position.

Figure 2. P. napaliensis infructescence
Figure 3. P. napaliensis seeds


Wagner, W.L., Herbst, D.R. & Sohmer, S.H. (1990) Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii Vol. 1-2. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Contributed by:

Chris King (Text)
Greg Roulinavage (Figure 1&2).
Melany Chapin (Figure 3).

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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