Cyrtostachys bakeri Information
This new species occurs in Papua New Guinea, and is known only from the Tabubil area in North Fly District, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Forest in river valleys at about 750 m above sea level. A robust, canopy palm with stems reaching to 25 m in height and 25 cm in diameter. It is also clump-forming so that each plant may consist of several trunks. Each stem can carry around eight leaves which are held like a shuttlecock. The leaves are almost 5 m long with 160 to 180 pendulous leaflets. Huge inflorescences develop below the leaves, each up to 1.2 m in length. These bear tiny flowers in pits on the surface of the branches. The fruits are black and bullet-shaped, and reach 2.5 cm in length.
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