Common name: curly palm, sentry palm
Howea belmoreana (C.Moore & F.Muell.) Becc. APNI*
Description: Slender palm to 12 m high.
Leaves pinnate, strongly arcuate, 2–3(-5) m long.
Inflorescence of 1 pendulous spike, 1–1.8 m long. Male flowers creamy brown; stamens short, numerous. Female flowers developing a year after male flowers.
Fruit an ovoid-ellipsoid drupe, 3–4 cm long, shortly and slightly beaked, brown-red.
Flowering: Flowers Nov – early January
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
On basaltic soils on lower slopes throughout the island, at 50-400 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by K.L. Wilson (2004)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green, Flora of Australia 49 (1994)
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