Seeing this lush beautiful palm is like hearing the call of the South Pacific...
A native of the Fiji islands including neighbouring Tonga and Samoa in the South-west Pacific, this is a solitary, medium size palm that is ideal for the landscaping of gardens or planted in containers. The large fan shaped leaves are absolutely stunning when one observes the tightly pleated lines which form the undivided palmate with shallow splits at the edges.
Unlike the other fan palms, the leaf is borne on a smooth, pale green petiole without spikes. The bright green, attractive leaves are as wide as they are long. Named for one of its practical use, an eco friendly handy fan,
I think islanders would appreciate its huge protective shade from the nature's elements.
The older stem appears quite smooth but noticed the coarse wrapping of brown fibres around the upper axis
of the stem.
the smoother stem of the older palm in the middle