Rhopalostylis H. Wendl. & Drude

Greek rhopalon – club; stylos – pillar, referring to the appearance of the style in male flowers.

Solitary spineless palms. Trunks slender, smooth but marked with leaf scars. Crownshaft prominent. Leaves regularly feather-shaped, erect to spreading. Leaflets narrow, crowded. Flowers unisexual, the sexes on the same plant. Panicles produced at the base of the crownshaft below the leaves and with 2 prominent deciduous boat-shaped bracts. Fruit round to ellipsoid, red with persistent remains of stigma at one end, 1-seeded.

Moderately popular in cultivation, mostly in temperate regions.

Seeds germinate 1-3 months after sowing.

Easily recognised by the slender trunk, erect to obliquely erect feather-shaped leaves with a feather-duster-like appearance, prominently swollen crownshaft, the flower panicles produced at its base.

3 species distributed in Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Chatham Island and Raoul Island.

Boyer (1968), Uhl & Dransfield (1995).

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.

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