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Decomposed limestone in coastal rainforest in a small area of Lifou Island, New Caledonia.
A medium/tall emergant feather palm, to about 15 metres, with a prominantly ringed trunk. It has spreading leaves (not arched), with dark green leaflets.
A very rare palm, with fewer than 100 plants estimated to be left in the wild.
Despite its rarity, this is quite an easy plant to grow, being able to take full sun from an early age, as well as being salt, wind, and limestone tolerant. It is also a reasonably fast grower.
Mike Gray (Text)
Daryl O'Connor (Figures 1 and 2.)