The European Palm Society Palm Database

IntroductionHowea

Howea

Group of only two species of palms native to Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia where the palms enjoy a sub-tropical climate. Production of seeds and seedlings is now a major part of the local economy for the islanders.

H. forsteriana which occurs are lower elevations and H. belmoreana which prefers higher altitudes. It is reported that hybridisation is rare as the two species flowering periods do not overlap.

Howea forsteriana has been a popular indoor plant, especially in the Northern Hemisphere for well over a hundred years as it is tough and adaptable to lower light levels and a wide range of indoor conditions. It is commonly know as the 'Kentia' palm.

Howea have two main types of growth as young/juvenile plants they are upright with tall arching foliage arising from the ground. As they mature and form a trunk the crown of foliage becomes more weeping and elegant.

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