Rhopalostylis are native to the islands of New Zealand, Norfolk, Chatham, and Raoul. They grow in dense lowland forest where rain fall is plenty. They are unarmed and have a rather large bulb like crownshaft. The one in my yard does better in the winter months rather then the summer months, I am sure this is due to the fact that were I live(Riverside,CA) it is normal to hit 90deg. F or warmer every day in the summer. This photo was taken in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.
Nikau Palm, Shaving Brush PalmScientific Name: Rhopalostylis sapida
Size: Up to 25 feet (7.5 m)
Min. Temperature: 26°F (-3°C)
Water Requirements: Regular water in a humid atmosphere
Sun Requirements: Shade
Origin: New Zealand
Germination: Slow growing seedling after 2 to 3 months germination.
Pointed leaflets, very noticeable veins.,
Trunk: Swollen round crownshaft,
8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm).
Flower: Flower stalk coming from below the crownshaft.
Fruit: red when ripe.
0.75 inch in diameter (2 cm).
Seed: 0.5 inch in diameter (1.2 cm).
round, scarred on one side.
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