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The palm has no known cultural uses and is currently classified as Endangered.
Distribution & Habitat:
Endemic to Fiji Islands. Their habitat is generally understory and between 100 to 600 meters elevation in high rainfall areas of Vanua Levu and Taveuni Islands.
Most mature palms sighted were around 5 to 7 meters tall with trunks of about 10 cm bearing irregular prominent nodes. The fronds numbered 8 to 10 with long petioles and evenly spaced glossy green leaflets. The new or emerging fronds are a pinkish-red colour that darkens after some days to a bronze-red. The inflorescence is interfoliar and produces a fruit of 2.5 to 3.5 cm that is crimson-red when ripe.
This palm is tropical in its requirements, but performs well in cultivation when given some shade when young and regular water.
Jim Valentine (Text & Figure 1,2&3)