Clinostigma harlandii

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Figure 1. Young plant of C. harlandii.


Distribution & Habitat:

Very moist forests, ridge crests, and slopes of Vanuatau, from the islands of Vanua Lava, Espirutu Santu, Pentecote, Efate, Erromango, and Aneityum, from between 400 to over 1,000m. Most common in the upper altitude of its range.


A tall, solitary, emergent palm to about 15m, with long, arching leaves, penduluous leaflets, and a crownshaft to about 1.4m long, which is covered in a whitish wax.


Full sun, and lots of water. This is a very fast growing palm, and a highly desirable plant for tropical/ warm sub-tropical gardens.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1)

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