Australian Native Plants

  Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm)


Howea forsteriana photo
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Australia)

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Howea forsteriana photo
Howea forsteriana, Lord Howe Island

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Howea forsteriana in its natural range at North Bay, Lord Howe Island, Australia

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KENTIA PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Howea forsteriana in Australia

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


Common Name
Kentia Palm

Other Names
Sentry Palm, Thatch Palm

Description
The Kentia Palm is an popular palm with dark green ringed trunk to 15 cm in diameter, growing to about ten metres in height but often smaller. It has a crown of arching pinnate fronds with dark green drooping leaflets that can grow to three metres long. 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 is similar in appearance to Howea belmoreana (The Curly Palm). It is more popular in cultivation than the H. belmoreana, and prefers sub-tropical and warm temperate climates.

Height
10m

Spread
fronds to 3m

Habitat
found from coastal parts of the island to the mountain slopes

Distribution
Howea forsteriana is found only on Lord Howe Island



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Howea
Species:forsteriana
Common Name:Kentia Palm


Relatives in same Genus
  Howea belmoreana