Australian Native Plants

  Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm)

Howea forsteriana photo
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Australia)

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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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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

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.

found from coastal parts of the island to the mountain slopes

Howea forsteriana is found only on Lord Howe Island

Growth Characteristics
Height: 10m
Spread: fronds to 3m

Common Name:Kentia Palm

Relatives in same Genus
  Howea belmoreana