Australian Native Plants

  Rhopalostylis baueri (Norfolk Island Palm)


Rhopalostylis baueri photo
Rhopalostylis baueri, Norfolk palm growing in cultivation at Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand.

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

Rhopalostylis baueri photo
Rhopalostylis baueri, Kermadec Nikau, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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

Rhopalostylis baueri photo
Rhopalostylis baueri, Kermadec Nikau, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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




NORFOLK ISLAND PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Rhopalostylis baueri in Australia

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


Common Name
Norfolk Island Palm

Description
Norfolk Island Palm is a palm growing to about twelve metres tall with a green to grey trunk that grows to about 30 cm in diameter. It has pinnate fronds that grow to about three metres in length. The branched flower spike is produced at the base of the green crownshaft, and bears small cream coloured flowers about 50 cm in length. The round fruits are green and turn red when ripe. It is very similar to the related Nikau Palm (Rhopalostylis sapida) which is native to New Zealand and the only other member of the genus.

Height
12m

Spread
fronds 3m

Habitat
island forest

Distribution
Rhopalostylis baueri is found on Norfolk Island and on Raoul Island which is one of the Kermadec Islands belonging to New Zealand.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Rhopalostylis
Species:baueri
Common Name:Norfolk Island Palm