NIKAU PALM (Rhopalostylis sapida)

The southernmost palm tree in the world

There is no palm tree that naturally grows further south than the Nikau palm of New Zealand. This palm, whose cabbage has traditionally been a food for the Maoris (hence the ‘sapida‘), thus marks the southern limit of the natural distribution of the palm family, coincidentally growing just at the antipodes of the Mediterranean fan palm at the northernmost limit.

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Habitat: Forests and humid coastal grasslands.

Distribution: Northern New Zealand

Description: Single-tunked, monoecious palm, up to 15 meters tall, with a dark green trunk with leaf scars, erect green pinnate leaves 3-4 meters long, white inflorescence and small red fruits.








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