Hydriastele dransfieldii

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Figure 1. H. dransfieldii


Conservation Status:

Very rare.

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in lowland rainforests on Biak Island, off the north coast of West Papua, (the Indonesian part of New Guinea).


A very attractive, medium sized palm with a slender trunk, a waxy crownshaft and broad leaves, with leaflets of irregular width. Its new leaves come out pink/bronze. Similar in appearance to H. beguinii, its main distinguishing features being its longer, stiffer leaflets, and its seeds are 3-4 times larger than H. beguinii.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Tropical in its requirements.

Contributed by:

Luke Nancarrow (Figure 1)

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