Elegant Kentia Palm. The Cyphophoenix Elegans is a very attractive palm only found in one area of New Caledonia making it quite rare. Growing up to around 12m in habitat its thin solitary trunk is ringed beautifully with prominent leaf scars. Above the olive green crown shaft which is covered in a greyish tomentum is a crown of 7-10 upright leaves, beautifully arched towards the tip and up to 2m long. The leaflets themselves are stiff and leathery being deep yellow-green on both sides, growing at an angle from the rachis giving the leaf a 'V' shape. This very tropical and elegant looking palm is very hard to find in cultivation and is a great collectors palm.
Better grown in a warm conservatory or atrium as it is prefers to be kept frost free.
Latin Name: Cyphophoenix Elegans Palm
Common Name: Kentia Elegans Palm. The Elegant Palm. Elegant Kentia Palm.
Native to: Nort Eastern New Caledonia.
Hardiness: Best Kept Frost Free.
Growth Characteristics: Attractive and ornamental. Grows up to 12m in habitat. Single, thin trunk with prominent leaf scars. 7-10 Upright re-curved pinnate leaves dark yellow-green in colour up to 2m long. Evergreen. Classed as vunerable in habitat.
Sunlight: Full sun/partial shade.
Soil: Fertile. Deep sandy, loam soils. Free Draining.
Moisture: Moist at all times.
Feeding: Feed with a balanced fertilizer through the growing season.