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Distribution & Habitat:
Endemic to rainforest on northern Sulawesi (Celebes), an Indonesian island.
A very attractive medium sized, solitary palm with a slender, ringed trunk, and a purple or orange crownshaft to about 3m. It has an upright crown of lightly arching leaves with drooping leaflets. The leaf undersides and rhachis has an unusual bluish/violet colour.
Requires moist but well drained soil with filtered sun in a tropical/warm subtropical climate. Can handle temperatures down to 1°C with little leaf damage but protection from cold winds is required.
Mike Jamison (Figure 1&2)
Peter Richardson (Figure 3&4)