Howea forsteriana

COMMON NAME

Kentia Palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

A relatively slow-growing palm, eventually growing up to 33 ft tall by 20 ft wide. Its fronds can reach 10 ft long.  Kentia palm gets its name from the capital city of Lord Howe Island, Kentia, and the genus name, Howea, honors the island. The species name, forsteriana, honors the naturalist father and son duo who accompanied Captain Cook's second voyage to the Pacific, Johann Reinhold Forster and George Forster.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Lord Howe Island in Australia

NATIVE HABITAT

Kentia palms grow in extensive colonies at low to moderate altitudes, less than 2870 ft (875 m) above sea level.

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

wikipedia.org

merwinconservancy.org

 



Howea forsteriana