Bonin Islands Palm
A fascinating and very beautiful palm that is native only to the remote Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands, a small group of ragged volcanic islands far off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. One of the smaller species of Clinostigma, it grows a slender, smooth, light gray trunk that supports a light green crownshaft with a whitish waxy hue. The slender, pinnate leaves are elegantly arching, their leaflets distinctly drooping. Its habitat lies further north than that of any other closely related palm and it is reputedly more cold tolerant than any other Clinostigma. The Bonin Islands Palm is the only one in its genus that can be successfully grown in frost free warm temperate climates such as southern California, however, rumor has it that many plants in cultivation labeled as C. savoryana are not actually this species. Our seeds were obtained directly from Ogasawara and are guaranteed to be fresh, correctly identified and unhybridized, not an easy task due to the remoteness of the islands and the fact that the palm is strictly protected there.