Balaka longirostris

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Balaka (bah-LAHK-ah)
longirostris (lohn-jih-ROHS-tris)
Photo-Rare Palm
Scientific Classification
Genus: Balaka (bah-LAHK-ah)
longirostris (lohn-jih-ROHS-tris)
Balaka leprosa
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Balaka longirostris is endemic to the Fiji island of Viti Levu, and occurs in various forest types,
Big Island, Hawaii
from lowland to submontane elevations.


A very rare solitary palm from Fiji, with a slender trunk and wedge-shaped leaflets. Essentially a collectors item, best suited to tropical climates. ( Editing by edric.


Warm sheltered and moist. Tropical requirements. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Nice looking skinny single trunked palm from Fiji with large, fish-tails shaped leaflets on short, slightly arching petioles. Fairly needy of humidity and tropical temperatures, but supposedly can tolerate zone 10b." (Geoff Stein)

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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