Chambeyronia macrocarpa var. 'hookeri'

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macrocarpa (mak-roh-KAR-pah)
var. 'hookeri' (hook-EHR-ee)
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Chambeyronea hookeri var. 'Watermelon' At Utopia Palms and Cycads, near Yandina and Coolum, Sunshine coast, Queensland, Australia. Photo by Daryl O'Connor.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Chambeyronia
macrocarpa (mak-roh-KAR-pah)
var. 'hookeri' (hook-EHR-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Yellow Flame Thrower Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Chambeyronia macrocarpa var. 'hookeri' is found in New Caledonia.

Dennis Hundscheidt's Tropical Brisbane Garden, Australia. 'Hookeri' form in front and 'Watermelon' form in back. Photo by Daryl O'Connor.


Same as for C. macrocarpa, including the gorgeous new red leaves. The distinguishing characteristic is the yellowish crownshaft and leaf petioles. The most notable difference in this much sought-after form, is its pale yellow colored crownshaft. It has thus been called the Yellow, or Blonde Flame Thrower. The seeds are easily told apart by their unique pattern of pale fibers. Editing by edric.


Despite its origin from tropical New Caledonia, it is surprisingly easy to grow, doing well in the tropics as well as in all warm temperate climates that do not experience more than an occasional freeze. Same as for C. macrocarpa.

Comments and Curiosities

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

Special thanks to, 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).

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

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