Pritchardia schattaueri

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Figure 1. P. schattaueri in habitat.




Conservation Status:

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.

Figure 2. P. schattaueri sapling


Contributed by:

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

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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