Hydriastele rheophytica

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Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
rheophytica (reh-oh-fih-TEE-kah)
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Hawaii. Photo by Geoff Stein.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
Species:
rheophytica (reh-oh-fih-TEE-kah)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Oceania
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Morphology
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
None.

Habitat and Distribution

From New Guinea - near or on river banks.
Photo by Luke Nancarrow.

Description

An attractive dainty clustering palm to 3 meters (10 ft.) - very reminiscent of some of the moderate clustering Dypsis, with finely pinnate leaves and slender flexible stems. Editing by edric.

Culture

As the name and habitat suggests, it is a water lover and can tolerate areas of frequent inundation and some water flow. Shady, and moist; preferably tropical, but not necessarily. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Very ornamental dainty New Guinea palm, only recently described, but already showing up in lots of Hawaiian gardens... has fine, very evenly spaced leaflets; canes always seem to be leaning one way or another. New leaves open up a glossy olive red-green and petioles are ornamentally spotted like they've been spray-painted. Lives along river banks in nature but seems to grow fine in non-wet conditions in the tropics." (Geoff Stein)

Rheophytes (which means plant growing in/near running streams), typically have finely pinnate leaves, and very flexible stems, so that when the river floods, they present very little resistance to the flow, they just bend with it, rather than breaking.


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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