Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii

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Figure 1. R. baueri var Cheesemanii

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Synonymy:

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis baueri var kermadecensis

Common Names:

Kermadec Nikau Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Wet forest on Raoul Island in the Kermadec group, off the east coast of New Zealand.

Description:

It is distinguished from the normal R. baueri by having globose, glossy red fruit, about 12-16mm in diameter.

General:

Some claim that this palm should again be promoted to a seperate species, rather than just have varietal status.

Culture:

As for R. baueri.

Figure 2. R. baueri var Cheesemanii with unripe fruit.


Contributed by:

Malcolm Thomas (Figure 1&2)


External Links:

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