Rainforest palm growing to 14m. Grey trunk with a uniform diameter. Straight crownshaft, colour varies (grey, purple, dark green). Leaves 2-4m long, pinnate, bright green with a prominent midrib. New leaves usually are a pink-red colour. Dark purple flowers (1m) grow out from the base of the crownshaft (spring - summer). The small (1.5cm) green, fruit of the palm ripen to bright red (late summer - autumn).
Prefers habitats similar to those of nikau: gullies, stream banks, swampy areas. Grows readily in shaded area of canopy cover.
Self-fertile, setting large amounts of seed. Bird, water and gravity dispersed seed.
It has the potential to establish in native plant habitats and has a similar habitat to nikau.
This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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