Veitchia winin

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Veitchia (veet-KEE-ah)
winin (WIHN-ihn)
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Florida. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, edric.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Veitchia (veet-KEE-ah)
winin (WIHN-ihn)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Winin Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Veitchia winin is Endemic to Vanuatu Islands. Rain Forest.

Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden, edric.


Stems: Solitary, slender, grayish brown stems to 18 m tall and up to 30 cm in diameter, bulging at the base, with close rings of leaf scars. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, to 3 m long, with an arching rachis holding regularly arranged, drooping leaflets in a single plane. The crown shaft is 95-135 cm long, somewhat swollen at the base, pale green in color, with gray to brown scales at the apex. Petiole is reddish brown. Leaflets are green above and below, lanceolate, with thick marginal ribs, prominent midribs and tiny scales along the veins on the abaxial surface. Leaflet tips are jaggedly toothed (somewhat praemorse). Flowers and fruits: Inflorescence is arching, to 1 m long and branched to three or four orders. Greenish to white male and female flowers are borne on the same inflorescence. The somewhat flattened, ovoid, red fruits are 1.5-2.5 cm long. ( Editing by edric.

Field: Erect, solitary palms with close leaf scar rings on the slender grayish brown stems; leaves held mainly horizontally or higher; petiole reddish brown; leaflets drooping and growing in a single plane.

Lab: Lines of tiny white scales along ribs on the underside of the leaflets; obvious dark brown ramenta along the base of the midrib; marginal veins and midrib prominent. (


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"This tall, thin attractive palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands where it is endangered due to habitat distruction. It has ornamental pendant leaflets closely spaced along the rachis, and a pale gray-green long crownshaft with a bit of a bulge at the bottom. I have seen this palm in all most the Hawaiian botanic gardens, and it's always tall... probably a fast grower. Has been tried often in southern California but usually fails due to our prolonged cool season." (Geoff Stein)

A tall, rather large Veitchia native to moist forests on several Vanuatu (New Hebrides) islands . Its long crownshaft supports around ten big, lightly arching leaves with wide, dark green, pendulous leaflets. A highly ornamental, fast growing palm, best suited to the tropical garden. (

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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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