Leon KlugeNīkau palm – New Zealand’s only endemic palm

While visiting the Kapiti Coast on the North Island of New ZeaIand, I came across the beautiful nīkau palm, Rhopalostylis sapida, New Zealand’s only endemic palm. It’s the world’s southern-most palm species and one of those rare palms that will grow in colder climates..

Below are some more photos that show the nīkau palm. [Photos by Sandra Simpson]

Nikau palm

Nikau palm trunk and inflorescence

Nikau bud

Nikau bud

Nikau flower

Nikau flower

Nikau palm is widely available in New Zealand; in the UK and Europe through mypalmshop.com; in the USA from junglemusic.net in California; in Australia from coastroadpalms.com in Perth.


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Leon Kluge

About Leon Kluge

Leon Kluge is an award-winning landscape designer who was part of the successful South African team at Chelsea in both 2010 and 2012, and the Gardening World Cup in Japan in 2011, and then won a Gold medal at the 2013 Cup. Leon is known for his modern, contemporary landscapes, sustainable community projects and his specialisation in vertical gardens. His company Leon Kluge Landscape Design is based in north-eastern South Africa.

One thought on “Nīkau palm – New Zealand’s only endemic palm

  1. There are a few nikau in Sydney and South-East gardens too Leon – Charles Moore who ran the Sydney Botanic Gardens 1848-90s loved palms and established the palmetum in the 1860s, with NZ nikaus jostling alongside Rhopalostyis baueri from Norfolk Island and lots of others. They take years/decades to get the ‘onion’ bulbous trunk alas. Worth the wait though. It’d be nice to see more in Australian gardens.

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