Australian Native Plants

  Howea belmoreana (Curly Palm)


Howea belmoreana photo
Howea belmoreana growing in cultivation at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Photograph by Kahuroa. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Howea belmoreana photo
Howea belmoreana Curly Palm Lord Howe Island

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Howea belmoreana photo
Howea belmoreana growing in cultivation at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Photograph by Kahuroa. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)




CURLY PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Howea belmoreana in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Curly Palm

Other Names
Sentry palm

Description
The Curly Palm is an elegant palm with greyish ringed trunk, growing to about ten metres in height. It has a crown of arching pinnate fronds with dark green leaflets which are somewhat angled. The palm has no crownshaft. It is similar in appearance to Howea forsteriana (The Kentia Palm). The flowers are produced on long linear hanging spikes. The fruit are oval and grow along the length of the flower spike after flowering. It grows well in cooler parts of the subtropics and warm temperate areas. It is not as commonly grown in cultivation as H. forsteriana and is somewhat smaller and slower growing.

Height
8m

Spread
fronds to 3m

Habitat
forested mountain slopes

Distribution
Howea belmoreana is found only on Lord Howe Island



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Howea
Species:belmoreana
Common Name:Curly Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Howea forsteriana