Fiji Fan Palm
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Fiji Fan Palm
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Fiji Fan Palm
Botanical name: Pritchardia pacifica    Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)
Synonyms: Washingtonia pacifica, Eupritchardia pacifica, Styloma pacifica

Fiji Fan Palm is an attractive fan palm 7-10 m tall, with a trunk up to 30 cm in diameter. Leaves are up to 1.8 m long and almost as wide, the leaf blade is the same hairless dull green on both upper and lower surfaces, without any scales or spots underneath. Leaves are fan-like, closely palmately lobed. The spadices are shorter than the leaf-stalks. The spherical fruit is 1.1-1.2 cm in diameter, turning red then black at maturity. The seed is 7 mm in diameter. Fiji Fan Palm is native to Tonga, Fiji islands, introduced on many pacific islands.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadawe, Alfred H.S.
Photographed at Madhuban Dam, Silvassa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
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