Rhopalostylis sapida

Synonymy: Eora sapida, Areca sapida Distribution: New Zealand, Chatham Islands
Common names: Nikau palm Conservation status: Indeterminate

Rhopalotylis sapida

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Rhopalostylis are native to the islands of New Zealand, Norfolk, Chatham, and Raoul. They grow in dense lowland forest where rainfall is plenty. They are unarmed and have a rather large bulb-like crownshaft.

Top photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Mike Maxson, Palms of the World; Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Bottom photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA.

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