Vascular – Exotic
Monocotyledonous Trees and Shrubs
The more commonly cultivated of the two Howea species in New Zealand (where it is usually known as Kentia Palm). Mostly found in old gardens and parks. Very slow growing. Most fruit is harvested by people before it matures.
October - December
Long-lived perennial tree. Reproduces exclusively by seed. Seeds large, 20-40 mm long, somewhat fleshy, bright or dull red when ripe. Dispersed by gravity and possibly birds.
Lord Howe Island
Reason for introduction
howea: Named after Lord Howe Island where these palms are found.
References and further reading
Johnson, A. T. and Smith, H. A (1986). Plant Names Simplified: Their pronunciation, derivation and meaning. Landsman Bookshop Ltd: Buckenhill, UK.