Balaka sp. 'natewa'

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Balaka (bah-LAHK-ah)
sp. 'natewa'
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B. sp. 'natewa' juvenile. On Taveuni Island, Fiji. Photo by Jim Valentine.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Balaka (bah-LAHK-ah)
sp. 'natewa'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Balaka sp. 'natewa' is endemic to Fiji. Balaka, a delicate understory palm.
"We found it very difficult to see the differences between this sp and B. sp. 'bulitavu' However they occur in different locations some distance apart and nowhere else." On Taveuni Island, Fiji. Photo by Jim Valentine.
They are widely distributed throughout rainforest areas in Vanua Levu and Taveuni Islands, with high rainfall, from 140 meters and up in elevation.



This palm prefers filtered light. It prefers warm and protected areas with plenty of water, and is very suitable for cultivation in the humid tropics. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a Minimum.

Comments and Curiosities

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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