Pollen and Spore Atlas

Pritchardia pacifica ARECACEAE

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Pollen / Spore Morphologic Type(s) Surface Pattern(s) Equatorial Size Polar Size Equatorial Shape(s)
min max mean min max mean
pollen monocolpate (monosulcate) foveolate,
50.0 40.0 oblate

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Aperture Count(s) 1
Wall Evenness(es) even
Colpus Length(s) > 2/3
Pore Colpus(es) 1

Ecology and Geography

Plant Type Cotyledon Type Floristic Region(s)
angiosperm monocot Northwest Pacific,
Central Pacific,
Hawaiian Islands,
East Pacific Islands

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Common Name Fiji Fan Palm
Habitat Notes Scientific Synonymy Pritchardia pacifica var. marquisensis, Pritchardia pacifica var. samoensis. Originating from Tonga, Fiji islands, but now widely introduced to all warm regions of the world. Unknown to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) except for in the pollen record identified by O.H.Selling in Heyerdhal's expedition in 1958 and Flenley 1991. A possible species in the KAO3 core of Rano Kao. (Gossen, 2010)
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Collection Site England
Collection Country United Kingdom
Collection Date 1998-09-09
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Herbarium Sample true
Herbarium Notes Collected from a cultivated plant in Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.
Preparation Method Cor, KOH, acet, saf
Slide Medium silicon
Preparation Date 2008-05-15
Microscopic Instrument LEICA DMLB #188768
Publication Information Pritchardia pacifica Seem. & H.Wendl., Bonplandia (Hannover) 10: 197 (1862).
Collection Notes Flowers/Pollen collected from a cultivated plant at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. Processed at the Pollen Laboratory, University of Minnesota, USA from the collecton of Ed Cushing, slide ref. B3673