Pritchardia sp. 'Laysan'


 
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Laysan Fan Palm
(Pritchardia sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: Laysan

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 2 m (?) (height)

extinction date: sometimes after 1896

 
The Hawaiian Islands harbour 23 species of the genus Pritchardia, each of which always restricted to only a single island.

Even the island of Laysan did once harbour a species from this genus, this is proven not least by photographies from the years between 1891 and 1896. These photographies show, surrounded by breeding Laysan Albatrosses (Phoebastria immutabilis (Rothschild)), a small group of about 2 to 3 m tall, wind-swept palms, and are likewise the last record for this unnamed palm species.

 
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