Clinostigma samoense

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Figure 1. C. samoense at Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, Honolulu.


Common Names:

Samoa Palm

Conservation Status:

[[www.iucnredlist.orgsearchdetails.php38476all" Endangered

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in cloud forests on the island of Samoa in the southern Pacific.


A very attractive feather-leaved palm which has a tall, slender, ringed trunk to 25m and a powdery blue crownshaft. The trunk is initially white but turns green with age. The juveniles have large undivided leaves, but on the adults they become very finely divided with drooping leaflets.


Sunny, humid, and moist but well drained position in the tropics or sub-tropics. Fast growing. Very highly recommended for tropical gardens.

Figure 2. C. samoense juvenile leaves.

Contributed by:

Norm Scott (Figure 1)
Lundkvist Palm Garden (Figure 2).

External Links:

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