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PlantFiles: Miraguama Palm
Kentiopsis oliviformis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kentiopsis (ken-tee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: oliviformis (oh-liv-IH-for-miss) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

over 40 ft. (12 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Grown for foliage

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Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive billowen On Jun 16, 2009, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought one on these palms about two months ago, it is growing like a weed, very fast. Was very glad to hear this one is not so cold sensitive. Very beautiful!

Positive cfkingfish On Sep 13, 2006, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Defintely a killer plant. This is one of the few New Caledonian palms that look excellent even in full South Florida sun. They are about as cold hardy as a Roystonea, and although a bit slow to begin with, they really take off once they form trunk. It is not picky about soil, and is one of two palms from NC that grows in all three subclimates of the island.

Positive Kylecawaza On Nov 20, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

There is one in San Diego with 20 feet of trunk! (or 20 feet tall) They look the same but grow faster in Florida. I saw lots in Fairchild TG! They are beautiful.

Positive palmbob On Aug 24, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A really nice native of New Caledonia, this very tropical looking palm grows surprisingly well in Southern California. It grows a LOT better in the tropics, though. The leaves are very long, have a mostly upright habit and the leaflets are unusually wide and leathery. The crownshaft has a unique nearly black coloration and the trunk is ornamentally ringed in white and green. There are several other species of Kentiopsis, but none perform as well as this one in the US. It's a moderately fast grower and looks great as a seedling as well as an adult. Often grown too near the coast, the salt air severely damages the leaflets, making it look messy and sad.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California
Encino, California
Oceanside, California
San Diego, California
Santa Barbara, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Ventura, California
Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports)
Boynton Beach, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Jensen Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Port Charlotte, Florida
Venice, Florida

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