Heterospathe elata

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Heterospathe
(heht-eh-roh-SPATH-eh)
elata (eh-LAH-tah)
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Kampong Botanic Garden, in Coconut Grove (south of Miami), former estate of David Fairchild. Photo by H.P. Leu Gardens Botanist Eric S.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Heterospathe
(heht-eh-roh-SPATH-eh)
Species:
elata (eh-LAH-tah)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Oceania
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Sagisi palm

Habitat and Distribution

Caroline Is., Maluku, Marianas, New Guinea, Philippines, Society Is.
Kampong Botanic Garden, in Coconut Grove (south of Miami), former estate of David Fairchild. Photo by H.P. Leu Gardens Botanist Eric S.

Description

The Sagisi palm is an attractive, slender and tall palm from the Philippines with a large crown of gracefully curving, dark green fronds with tapering leaflets. Best in the tropical garden, where it grows very quickly. Makes an unusual and interesting houseplant when young, with finely pinnate leaves and bronze new growth. (RPS.com) Editing by edric.

Culture

Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a+

Comments and Curiosities

There are two subspecies, Heterospathe elata var. elata, (Maluku, Marianas, Philippines, Society Is.), and Heterospathe elata var. palauensis, (Caroline Is.).

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!


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).


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

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