Pritchardia affinis

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Pritchardia affinis
Pritchardia affinis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Pritchardia
Species: P. affinis
Binomial name
Pritchardia affinis
Becc.[2]

Pritchardia affinis, the Hawai'i pritchardia,[3] is a species of palm tree that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Wild populations currently exist on the leeward side of the Island of Hawaiʻi. It was most likely cultivated by Native Hawaiians, so its exact native range is uncertain. P. affinis reaches a height of 10–25 m (33–82 ft).[4] It is threatened by rats and pigs, which damage the trees and eat the seeds before they can grow. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States. Its fruit was reportedly the preferred food of the now-extinct ula-ai-hawane—a niche that has been seemingly filled by the introduced lavender waxbill.

Sample shown in the US Botanic Garden.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gemmill, C. 1998. Pritchardia affinis. 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Taxon: Pritchardia affinis Becc.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2000-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Pritchardia affinis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pritchardia affinis". CPC National Collection Plant Profiles. Center for Plant Conservation. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 

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