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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 blades"green 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.
Chris King (Text).
Allan Bredeson (Figure 1&2).