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Heterospathe barfodii

Heterospathe barfodii is a critically endangered palm from Papua New Guinea with a striking white crownshaft and maroon young flowering stems.
Heterospathe barfodii in Hawaii

Heterospathe barfodii growing at Floribunda Palms and Exotics, Hawaii (Photo: John Dransfield)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Heterospathe barfodii L.M.Gardiner & W.J.Baker

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Lowland tropical rainforest.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Arecales
Family: 
Arecaceae
Genus: Heterospathe

About this species

Heterospathe barfodii is a slender palm with a striking white crownshaft. It was recently described as a new species by Kew scientists Lauren Gardiner and William Baker, having been previously known in cultivation under an incorrect name (Heterospathe glauca).

Known from a single specimen collected in the wild by Anders Barfod, H. barfodii was named in his honour, in recognition of his contribution to New Guinea palm research.

Genus: 
Heterospathe

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