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Seychelles Stilt Palm,
Distribution & Habitat:
Slopes and gorges on the Seychelles Islands.
One of the most spectacular palms around, which has the big three that palm collectors look for; entire leaves, (at least in young plants), a spiny trunk, and to top it all off, well developed stilt roots. Its a medium sized palm, with leaves to about 2.5m long, and up to about 20m tall (altho it takes quite a while to get that size :)
Verschaffeltia is a monotypic genus, which means that this species is the only member.
Unfortunately rather tropical in its requirements, however it will grow in a sheltered position in the sub-tropics. Likes a position sheltered from the wind, (to keep the leaves intact), full sun or shade, and moist, but well drained. I've had a plant in Brisbane for several years growing in full sun, even temperatures in the low 40's (centigrade) having no effect on the leaves.
[[www.utopiapalmsandcycads.com" Utopia Palms & Cycads, Sunshine Coast.
Peter Richardson (Figure 1&2)
Mike Gray (Figure 3&4)