Basselinia sordida

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Basselinia (bas-seh-lin-EE-ah)
sordida (sor-DEE-dah)
Location: Tchingou, New Caledonia.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Basselinia (bas-seh-lin-EE-ah)
sordida (sor-DEE-dah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Basselinia sordida is located at altitude on the mountains
Location: Tchingou, New Caledonia.
of La Mine Centre, GrandeTerre and especially on the west coast of New Caledonia. In rainforest talwegs on steep slopes. Substrate: On more or less eroded soil or debris on ultramafic substrate.


Solitary palm from 8 to 10 m high, with a trunk 10 to 15 cm in diam., Covered with leaf scars, boldly separated by internodes of 2-3 cm. Leaves, about 10 per crown, spreading, about 2 m long; tubular sheath 65-70 cm long, open opposite the petiole, olive green, covered with a gray-brown tomentum outside, light green or cream inside; petiole short, 18 cm long covered with scales of same color as the sheath, gray. Phenology (flower): 1 to 3 inflorescences emerging under the leaves, branches spread to divariquées, 60 x 90 cm, white or whitish gray or dirty. Fruits: Fruit subglobose, 9-10 mm diam., With the stigmatic residue remote in the top third. (From the French). Editing by edric.


Very rarely cultivated.

Comments and Curiosities

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All information, translated from the French, edric.

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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