Little Mountain Palm
The Little Mountain Palm is perhaps the least known of the four species of palms that grow on Lord Howe Island, a
tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia. In the past, fresh seeds have been difficult to obtain;
now we have negotiated a regular supply. The palm itself is a short and stocky palm with leathery,
pinnate leaves and a slender, slow-growing, ringed
trunk--an adaptation, perhaps, to the extreme conditions it faces growing on exposed mountain tops in its island home.
Able to withstand a few degrees of frost, it is an exciting addition to the list of palms that may be tried in the
temperate garden, where it requires cool and moist conditions.