Cyphosperma trichospadix

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trichospadix (trigh-koh-SPAH-diks)
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On Taveuni Island, Fiji. Photo by Jim Valentine.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Cyphosperma
trichospadix (trigh-koh-SPAH-diks)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Cyphosperma trichospadix is endemic to Fiji. Thrives in rainy, cloudy, mountains and
On Taveuni Island, Fiji. Photo by Jim Valentine.
forests, at elevations ranging from to 2,000 to 4,000 feet (610 to 1,200 m.), on Taveuni and Vanua Levu.


This is an understory palm. A medium size palm, growing to about 7 meters (23 feet), with a trunk thickness of 8 cm. Crown holding 7 to 10 fronds, 2 to 2.5 meters long, pinnae 0.60 m. Fruits are oval, and no more than 2 cm. long, a pale yellow when ripe. Editing by edric.


This palm is rare in cultivation, but may do well in tropical regions. It will require a lot of water, fair drainage, and filtered light.

Comments and Curiosities

Cyphosperma trichospadix, (trichospadix being derived from the Greek words for "hair" and "spadix," an allusion to the hirsute spathe of the inflorescence)

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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