Hydriastele kasesa

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Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
kasesa (kah-SEH-sah)
North coast of Maui, 330 ft/100 m elevaton, Hawaii. Photo by Mike Lock, edric.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
kasesa (kah-SEH-sah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering, sometimes solitary.
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Bismarck Archipelago, off the east coast of Papua New Guinea.
Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns. Photo by tanetahi.


A moderately sized, slender, clustering or solitary palm to about 12m tall, from the Bismarck Archipelago off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. Each of its thin stems supports a small, open crown of 10-12 arching, dull green leaves on top of a light green crownshaft. Stems get a very attractive purple spotting. The mature fruit are a bright red.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Requires moist, sub-tropical conditions.

This species has proven itself well in a couple locations in Vero Beach, zone 9b. We have been growing this palm for about ten years. Regular winter lows in Vero have reached down to 29f-33f consistantly for the last ten winters.

Comments and Curiosities

"Nice densely clustering, or sometimes solitary, species from New Guinea and northern Australia with short leaves, long light green crownshafts and wedge shaped leaflets. Some suggest judicious removal of canes for a landscape plant so more of the palm can be seen (creates a dense mass of vegetation otherwise). Very tropical palm. No Hydriasteles can survive in southern California." (Geoff Stein) Editing by edric.

External Links


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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