Howea Becc.

Kentia Palm

From Lord Howe Island.

Spineless palms with a solitary slender trunk. Crownshaft absent. Leaves feather-like. Leaf sheaths fibrous. Leaflets narrow, regularly arranged. Flowers unisexual and both sexes on the same plant. Inflorescence on unbranched spike arising among the lower leaves. Fruit relatively large, dull red. [Howeia (earlier spelling), Kentia Blume in part]

From Lord Howe Island.

A genus of two species both endemic to Lord Howe Island where they occur in extensive colonies.

They are among the most popular horticultural palms in the world and a substantial industry exporting their sprouted seed has been established on Lord Howe Island.

Seed germinates erratically over 1-3 years.

Slender feather-leaved palms without a crownshaft; inflorescence a simple spike arising among the leaves.

Bailey (1939b), Uhl & Dransfield (1987).

Source: Jones, D; Spencer, R. (2005). Arecaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
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