Burretiokentia vieillardii

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Figure 1. Close-up of the spectacular crownshaft.



New Caledonia, moist/very wet rainforest on serpentine soils.


An emergant palm to 18 m tall, a prominantely ringed trunk to 20 cm diameter, and a very distinctively marked crownshaft. It has a neat crown of glossy light green leaves, to about 2.4 m long.


This palm has proved rather difficult to grow in South Queensland, and this I think is because of lack of attention to its requirements. As a seedling it requires quite heavy shade and ample amounts of water and humidity. It also wants a rather alkaline soil.

Figure 2.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
(Figures 1&2)
Mike Gray (Text)

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