Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout a small area in the costal rainforest of Lifou Island, New Caledonia
Description: A medium sized solitary palm that can reach heights around 40 feet tall. The nucele has a light green trunk that fades to light gray as the palm ages, with large leaf scares that form as old leaves fall from the crown. The crownshaft is variable in color ranging from shades of white, yellow, and green. The crownshaft emerges 7-10 long dark green pinnate leaves that ascend straight upward and do not often drop down below the top of the crownshaft.
Highly endangered in the wild, with around 100 or so specimen left in the wild. A fast grower the nucele can reach a good size quickly once it gets past of its early stages of life
Environment: The nucele enjoys a sunny moist area where it can get plenty of good sun during the day. It is cold hardy to the mid 30’s. Zones 10-11. As a seedling keep it in a shady area where it will get watered regularly.