Rhopalostylis sapida

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Nikau palm, Feather-duster palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Rhopalostylis sapida H. Wendl. & Drude
Nikau palm, Feather-duster palm.
New Zealand. Chatham Islands.
Very rare

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Pinnate
Less than 15 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
Yes
Less than 30 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

-4ºC
Fertile
Slow
Medium
Semi sombra
Good
Low
No
Low
Greater difficulty
Low

It is the palm which is native to the area farthest to the south. It is found in forested areas along the coast where the climate is temperate and the rainfall high.

The best specimens to be seen in south-east Europe are located in the old gardens of Lisbon, Sintra and other coastal towns in Portugal.

They can grow perfectly well in a dry Mediterranean climate if they have the required conditions, shade, humidity, not overly warm, rich soil and protection from dry winds.

Their leaves are more rigid than those of Rhopalostylis baueri and their petioles are shorter and grey.

During their first years Rhopalostylis grow a trunk underground. They develop very slowly.