Hydriastele palauensis

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Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh) palauensis (pah-lao-EN-siss)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
Species: palauensis (pah-lao-EN-siss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Northwestern Pacific Caroline Is. (Palau Island). Raised Limestone .Islands. Tropical
Koror, Palau Island. Photo by exploreplants.
Moist Forest. 220 m (720 ft) in elevation.



Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"I got back from Palau, and did manage to get some shots of Hydriastele palauensis in habitat. Interestingly, despite the books indicating that the palms primarily grow in limestone, the vast majority of the species grow farther north on the main islands, which are composed mostly of volcanic soil. The ones in the limestone (on the rock islands) seem to be there primarily because of birds dropping seed - the farther south you go, the less palms I saw. This one was the closest I got to, and was on one of the rock islands." (Justin)

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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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