Pritchardia pacifica

Pritchardia pacifica
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Pritchardia pacifica or Fiji fan palm is a majestic palm with fan shaped leaves, a beautiful crown and a massive trunk.

It resists a very light frost, but is better kept as a houseplant that can easily be placed outside in summer. As in its habitat it grows at the coast, it is resistant to salt spray and salty soils.

Description:

This palm tree reaches 7-10 m high with a trunk diameter of 30 cm. The trunk is light gray and bears slight scars of fallen leaves.

The leaves are up to 1.8 m long and nearly as wide. They are light green with a thin layer of wax. Petioles and abaxial ribs are covered with white woolly tomentum. The leaf sheath is composed of a mass of fibers. The petiole is smooth and has no thorns.

The inflorescences are 1 m long, usually shorter than the petioles. The flowers are brown and fragrant.

The fruits are spherical, 12 mm in diameter, red and black at maturity. The seed is 7 mm in diameter.

Noms communs:

Common name:

Fiji fan palm

Synonyms:

Eupritchardia pacifica, Styloma pacifica, Washingtonia pacifica

Etymology:

Pritchardia: in honor of W.T. Pritchard, the first British consul appointed in Fiji in 1858
Pacifica: derived of the Latin name for the Pacific Ocean

Origin:

Fiji

Habitat:

Intertidal zone at the water’s edge, at an average distance of 15 meters from the sea



Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10-13, -1 °C

Care:

Soil:

Moist but well drained.

Exposure:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Moist soil but well drained.

Fertilizer:

Twice a year with solid fertilizer for palm trees.

Propagation:

By seed, very easy.

Sowing instructions:

  • plant the seeds in a light substrate
  • moisten the substrate
  • cover the pots to prevent evaporation of water
  • 25 °C
  • germination time: less than 1 month

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