Kentiopsis pyriformis

Geoff Stein - Author & Editor

Pronunciation: ken-tee-OP-siss peer-ih-FORM-iss


Common Name: none

Kentiopsis pyriformis is the last of the Kentiopsis to find its way into California, but has been rapidly outpacing two other species (Kentiopsis piersoniorum and Kentiopsis magnifica) in popularity due partly to its recent availability, and to its rapid rate (relatively, that is). At a glance, with its recurved leaves, it appears similar to Kentiopsis piersoniorum, but it is a beefier plant with less color. No mature palms exist (yet) in California (2015).

Appearance and Biology
  • Habit: solitary with a crown of 4-6 feather leaves
  • Height: 30' estimate
  • Trunk: single; 8" in diameter; ringed
  • Crownshaft: 2' tall; coppery
  • Spread: 10'-12'
  • Leaf Description: pinnate; mildly to markedly recurved (flatter in younger palms); 6'-7' long; medium green
  • Petiole/Leaf bases: 1'-2' (longer sometimes in juvenile palms); tubular with flattish dorsal surface; unarmed; un-split
  • Reproduction: monoecious
  • Inflorescence: often multiple; branched; 18" long; horizontal
  • Fruit: oblong; purplish-pink; 3/4" long
Horticultural Characteristics
  • Minimum Temp: 32F
  • Drought Tolerance: moderate
  • Dry Heat Tolerance: moderate
  • Cool Tolerance: low to moderate
  • Wind Tolerance: low
  • Salt Tolerance: unknown
  • Growth Rate: slow
  • Soil Preference: adaptable
  • Light Requirement: filtered to partial sun
  • Human Hazards: none
  • Disease or Horticultural Problems: none
  • Transplants?: unknown
  • Indoor?: unknown
  • Availability: rare


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