Veitchia spiralis

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Veitchia (veet-KEE-ah)
spiralis (speer-AHL-iss)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Veitchia (veet-KEE-ah)
spiralis (speer-AHL-iss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Kajewskia Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to Aneityum and Futuna Islands, near Vanuatu. A subpopulation with
thousands of mature plants, was discovered recently in eastern Ameityum. A very fast growing palm from the tropical, lowland rainforests up to 400 m.


It produces a slender trunk to about 20 m tall, with a tall green, almost white crownshaft and, arching pinnate leaves in the crown. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

Conservation: Near threatened.

"It will be a pathetophyte (struggles) In Southern CA. This palm would do better on the coast than inland. It survives well and thrives anywhere South of Orlando in FL, and Bronseville Texas." (Kyle Wicomb)

Endemic to the small volcanic island of Aneityum in Vanuatu (New Hebrides) (also home to the very rare Carpoxylon macrospermum) where it grows in light, humid forest. It forms a slender trunk to about 20 m (66 ft.) tall, topped by a green crownshaft and a spreading crown of elegantly arching leaves with about 40 broad, erect or pendulous leaflets. It is very fast growing and a very rewarding palm for the humid tropics. ( 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, 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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