Kentiopsis piersoniorum

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Figure 2. K. piersoniorum with inflorescence.


Distribution & Habitat:

Only found in one high rainfall valley, and adjacent hills and ridges on Mt Panie, New Caledonia, at elevations of between 400 and 1000m.


Large, solitary, emergent, pinnate palm to 15m. Leaves are up to 2.5m long, sharply recurved, and have a greyish tinge.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Likes lots of moisture. Very rare in cultivation.

Figure 1. K. piersoniorum showing the recurved leaves.
Figure 3. K. piersoniorum habitat, Mt Panie, New Caledonia

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1,2&3)

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