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Kentia Palm, Howea foresteriana

Kentia Palm

FAMILY:
Arecaceae

ORIGIN:
South Pacific

DESCRIPTION:
Slow growing understory palm with a slender stem ringed with old leaf scars; long-stalked pinnate dark green fronds 6 - 10 ft. long; in summer bears star-shaped green female and male pale brown flowers in erect and later pendent axillary clusters of spikes 3 ft. long followed by ellipsoid orange-red fruit; may grow to 60 ft. in nature

CULTIVATION:
Water moderately; fertilize monthly; bright, indirect light

PROPAGATION:
Sow seed when ripe

COMMENTS:
Considered "vulnerable" by the World Conservation Union

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