Rhopalostylis baueri var. cheesemanii

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Figure 1. R. baueri var Cheesemanii



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.


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


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


As for R. baueri.

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

Contributed by:

Malcolm Thomas (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk