Pritchardia flynnii Lorence & Gemmill, Novon 14: 185 (2004)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Hawaiipresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Wet forest on the eastern and southeastern slope of the Waialeale massif and Kahili ridge, Kauai, 500-1000 m elevation. (Hodel, D. 2007. A Review of the Genus Pritchardia. Palms 51(4): Special Supplement S 1-53.)A

Discussion

  • Pritchardia flynnii is distinguished by its undulate leaf blades completely covered abaxially with lepidia, rachillae clothed with dense, felt-like indumentuffi, and small fruits. I interpret P. flynnii more narrowly than did Lorence and Gemmill in their original 2004 description. I refer collections from the Power Line Trail (formerly known as the Pole Line Trail) and the Makaleha Mountains to P. perlmanii, which differs in its flat leaf blade and glabrous rachillae, while they included these in P. flynnii. (Hodel, D. 2007. A Review of the Genus Pritchardia. Palms 51(4): Special Supplement S 1-53.)A

Description

  • To 5 m tall: proximal margins of petiole with few fibers; leaf blade undulate, divided 1/4-1/2, abaxial surface completely covered with lepidia or nearly so, appearing silvery grayish white, segment tips stiff; inflorescences composed of 1 panicle, shorter than or equaling petioles in flower, equaling petioles or equaling leaf blades in fruit, panicles branched to 2 or 3 orders, rachillae clothed with dense, felt-like indumentum in flower, glabrous or with feltlike hairs in fruit; fruits 25-35 x 18-23 mm, ellipsoid to ovoid. (Hodel, D. 2007. A Review of the Genus Pritchardia. Palms 51(4): Special Supplement S 1-53.)A

Materials Examined

  • U.S.A. Hawaii. Kauai: ridge S. from Mt. Kahili, Cilapin 57 (PTBG), Flynn 9496 (PTBG), Lorence 8451 (PTBG); Wahiawa Stream and Mountains, Flynn 2932 (PTBG), Lorence 6655, 8385 (PTBG), Wood 237, 238, 239, 7466 (PTBG); between Waialeale and Kawaikini, "lBlue Hole" Lorence 5400, Wood 345 (PTBG). (Hodel, D. 2007. A Review of the Genus Pritchardia. Palms 51(4): Special Supplement S 1-53.)A

Bibliography

A. Hodel, D. 2007. A Review of the Genus Pritchardia. Palms 51(4): Special Supplement S 1-53.
B. World Checklist of Arecaceae