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Emergant palm of moist forest in central La Grande-Terre, New Caledonia.
Tall palm to about 30m, with a smooth greenish/grey trunk. The young leaves are a very pale green, while mature leaves can have a bluish tinge. Quite similar in appearance to Howea forsteriana.
This is the tallest palm of New Caledonia.
They like full sun, and lots of water, and a sub-tropical rather than tropical climate. Usually thought to be slow growing, but several plants in south-east Queensland have displayed an impressive growth rate.
Mike Gray (Figure 1)
Kyle Wicomb (Figure 4)