Balaka sp Bulitavu

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Figure 1. B. sp. 'Bulitavu'.


Conservation Status:

This palm is considered Critically Endangered.

Distribution & Habitat:

Endemic to Vanua Levu, Fiji. It is only known in one location on Vanua Levu in the rainforest in a high rainfall area between 300 to 400 meters altitude.


A similar palm to B. seemannii but with much larger fruits and slightly shorter fronds. Seeds are orange when ripe and 4-5 cm long.


This palm is unknown in cultivation but would require tropical conditions and a lot of water and filtered light.

Figure 2. B. sp. 'Bulitavu' seedling.
Figure 3. B. sp. 'Bulitavu' infructescence.

Contributed by:

Jim Valentine (Text & Figure 1,2&3)

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