Physokentia thurstonii

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Figure 1. P. thurstonii crown.

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Conservation Status:

[[www.iucnredlist.orgdetails38635" Near threatened

Distribution & Habitat:

This species is found on Vanua Levu and Taveuni Islands (Fiji) from 300 to 800 meters elevation.

Description:

Supported by occasionally branching stilt roots this palm grows to 7 meters with a green trunk banded with prominent leaf base scars and an olive green crownshaft. Fronds number 8 to 10 with board bright green leaflets. Fruits are round and up to 2.5 cm across and blackish when ripe.

Cultivation:

This palm is not known in cultivation but may do well in subtropical to temperate regions that do not experience frost. It will also require a lot of water and filtered light.

Figure 2. P. thurstonii trunk.
Figure 3. P. thurstonii stilt roots.


Contributed by:

Jim Valentine (Text & Figure 1,2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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