Pritchardiopsis jeanneneyi Becc.
Saribus jeanneneyi is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm with an unbranched trunk up to 10 metres tall and 15cm in diameter; the trunk is topped by a crown of around 15 fan-shaped leaves with petioles around 135cm wide and leaf blades around 100cm across.
The edible inner heart of the apical bud was at one time harvested intesively as a source of food. Since harvesting this bud inevitably means the death of the plant, the population of this species was almost wped out.
Saribus jeanneneyi was intensively harvested for its edible apical bud in the nineteenth century, reducing a formerly sizeable population to its current state in the wild of just one mature individual and some immature plants. The plant is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Western Pacific - southern New Caledonia
An understorey to canopy tree growing in dense humid forest on soils derived from ultramafic rocks; at elevations from 200 - 250 metres[
|Conservation Status||Critically Endangered
The plant requires a warm, sheltered and moist position when young, but becomes very resiliant as it gets older.
The inner heart of the apical bud has been used as a vegetable, but since the species has been driven almost to extinction due to this harvesting, the practice cannot be condoned until such time as it can be done sustainably[
Seed - germinates readily, but young plants can be difficult to establish.
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