Basselinia vestita

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Basselinia) (bas-seh-lin-EE-ah)
vestita (vehs-TEET-ah)
Mé Ori, New Caledonia.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Basselinia) (bas-seh-lin-EE-ah)
vestita (vehs-TEET-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Basselinia vestita is found in New Caledonia, and known only to the central part of the mainland, the Mé Ori.
Location:: Mé Ori, New Caledonia.
In undergrowth of dense forest. Substrate: On ground more or less comprised of ultramafic substrate.


Small palm tree with tufted stems repeated, high of 0.5 to 5 m. Leaves 3 to 4 per crown, less than 20 cm long, with 1-2 pinnae on each side, more or less divided, dark green above, densely covered with peltate scales brown and membranous, with a petiole less than 1 cm long; sheath along an average of 15-16 cm, scaly red-orange or dark outside, pale yellow within. Phenology (flower): 4 to 5 leaves below inflorescence, long 20 - 25 cm, erect and radiant with about 12 branches, more or less covered with blackish scales and brilliant.Fruits: Spherical fruits less than 1cm in diameter., Black when ripe. (From the French). Editing by edric.


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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