Burretiokentia koghiensis

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Burretiokentia
(bur-ret-ee-oh-kent-EE-ah)
koghiensis (kog-ee-EN-sis)
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Encinitas CA. At Dorian Ouer's place (Dean Ouer's old place). Photo by Troy Donavon.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Burretiokentia
(bur-ret-ee-oh-kent-EE-ah)
Species:
koghiensis (kog-ee-EN-sis)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Oceania
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Mt. Koghi Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Burretiokentia koghiensis is found in rainforests below the foot hills, of the mountains, in New Caledonia.
Encinitas CA. At Dorian Ouer's place (Dean Ouer's old place). Photo by Troy Donavon.
Burretiokentia koghiensis is only known from the southeast and southwest slopes of Mont Bouo in the Mont Koghi massif above Noumea at 500-600 m elevation. This species was observed only in the south of Grande Terre, on the western slopes of Mts Koghis. Habitat: In dense humid forest of medium altitude. Substrate: On shallow soil on scree ultramafic substrate. (From the French)

New Caledonia. Burretiokentia koghiensis is only known from the southeast and southwest slopes of Mont Bouo in the Mont Koghi massif above Noumea at 500-600 m elevation. Burretiokentia koghiensis is restricted to a narrow band of serpentine rocks located between the schistose base and peridotitic cover of Mont Bouo. It occurs in the rain forest understory or canopy in very rocky habitats on brown hypermagnesian, neutral soils of serpentine origin. (J-C. Pintaud and D. Hodel. 1998)/Palmweb.

Description

Height: 8-15 m. high, has a fresh green trunk, covered with prominent leaf scars spaced internodes, as B.vieillardii. Trunk type: Solitary, crownshaft, Flower: Emerges from below crownshaft. Leaf detail: Broad, erect, diameterically opposed pinnae. Spread: 3 to 4 meters. Leaves 10 to 12 spreading in the crown, 1.5 to 2.5 m. long, with a short petiole and rectangular, rounded below and gutter above, grayish tomentose éparsement; leaf sheath from 30 to 60 cm. more or less tubular at the base , flared at the top, lightly covered with a whitish tomentum first then greyish. Phenology (flower): Inflorescences 1-3, short, first erected and then horizontal, slightly branched, very woolly, and whitish. Editing by edric.

Burretiokentia koghiensis is readily distinguished from B. vieillardii particularly by the open, white-tomentose leaf sheaths, the numerous, erect leaves expanding red and with many, closely inserted pinnae, the contracted, drooping inflorescences with a short rachis and first order branches, and the small fruits which change from white to purple at maturity. (J-C. Pintaud and D. Hodel. 1998)/Palmweb.

Culture

Requirements: Full sun, when mature, consistently moist soil. Very rare in cultivation. Flowering of Burretiokentia koghiensis is very seasonal. Anthesis occurs August-October and fruits mature in December-January.

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Comments and Curiosities


External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Pintaud, J-C. & Hodel, D. 1998. Three new species of Burretiokentia.


Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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