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(Greek, inclined stigma). Pal-macese, tribe Areceae. Low spineless palms with the habit and somewhat the appearance of small kentias; feather-leaved.
Trunks not over 8 ft., usually conspicuously ringed: leaves usually 3-4 ft. long, rarely more, and pinnate; leaflets scythe-shaped, or lanceolate, 2-parted or obliquely truncate at the apex, not revolute at the base; rachis scaly, convex beneath, grooved above: flowers monoecious in the same spadix, sessile along its branches, the male usually 2 together, the female solitary; spadix long and usually much branched; in the male there are 3 imbricate outer segments and 3 valvate inner segments to the perianth, with 6 stamens surrounding an abortive ovary: fruit obliquely globular. - Species 3, one from
Austral., one from Samoa, and another from Fiji. Only the following is known in cultivation, and it is a rare palm. Its graceful leaves and convenient dwarf habit should commend it to the trade. For cult, see Kentia.
Mooreanum, F. Muell. (Kentia Mooreana, F. Muell.). Dwarf palm, 3-4 ft. high: leaves 3-4 ft. long; segments numerous, about 1 ft. long, longitudinally plicate when young: spadix at first closely sessile, very much branched when older. New S. Wales, confined to Lord Howe's Isl. - This graceful and recent palm resembles Howea Forsteriana somewhat in habit of growth, but its arching leaves spread wider, and its stems are dark purplish, and its pinnae tough and leathery. The palm is free and clean in growth. n. Taylor