Pritchardia lanigera


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Pritchardia lanigera, a palm tree in the Arecaceae (palm) family, is 7.6 m (25 ft) or taller; some at 14 m (45 ft). Variable, smooth grayish trunk 15 to 51 cm (6 to 20 in) in diameter. The crown contains up to 20 ascending, spreading to drooping leaves, 0.9 to 1.2 m (3 to 4 ft) long and 1.2 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft) wide, slightly wavy to nearly flat blades and 0.9 m (3 ft) long leaf stalks, with a moderate amount of fibers at the base. Blades, glossy above and below, are deeply divided to nearly half into as many as 70 stiff-tipped segments. The spreading to drooping flower stalks have up to three moderately long primary branches, almost equal to leaf stalks in length, with fruit stalks longer than leaf stalks, but shorter than leaf blades. Flower and fruit branchlets are short, thick, and stubby, to 7.6 cm (3 in) long; densely clothed in thick, pinkish brown woolly hairs. Fruits are shiny, black, ellipsoid to spherical, up to 5.6 cm (2.2 in) long and 4 cm (1.6 in) wide when mature.

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Pritchardia lanigera
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Flowering Plants

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