Howea forsteriana (F. Muell.) Becc.

Kentia Palm

Trunk slender, to 20 m tall, ringed. Leaves bright green, arching in a spreading crown. Leaflets crowded, drooping with a ^-shaped arrangement on the leaf. Flower spikes pendulous, curved. Fruit about 5 cm long, ovoid, brownish-red to red, dull. [Kentia forsteriana F. Muell.]

Lord Howe Island

Grows naturally from sea level to low altitudes.

A highly ornamental palm which is prized for its tolerance of indoor conditions. Also excellent outdoors especially in coastal climates. Looks especially appealing when planted in groups. Widely planted, especially in New South Wales and Queensland and as an indoor plant.

Slender ringed trunk; spreading crown of bright green arching leaves with drooping leaflets; unbranched drooping spike.

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
genus        Howea Becc.