Pritchardia maideniana (= P. affinis)
For decades, only two plants of this rare species were known, growing in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia to where they thought to have been introduced from the Hawaiian Islands. Recently, in his review of the genus Pritchardia, Don Hodel found that they are identical to P. affinis and should thus be synonymized. Since P. maideniana is the older name, it has priority. It is a moderately tall species native to the Big Island of Hawaii where a low number of plants persist in a semi-wild state from sea level to about 700m (2300 ft.). It has strongly pleated leaves that are roughly diamond-shaped in outline and medium-sized fruits. A beautiful, moderately growing palm for tropical and warm temperate/subtropical areas that can take full coastal exposure.