Cyphophoenix nucele is fruiting for the first time in Fairchild. This palm is native to Lifou Island, one of the Loyalty Islands about 60 miles from New Caledonia. Lifou Island is about 50 miles long and 10 to 15 miles wide. The island is flat with no hills or rivers. It has abundant vegetation, dense interior jungles, fertile soils and beautiful reefs and coral. Water on the island comes from rain that seeps through the calcareous soil and forms freshwater ponds.
Our plant, in plot 112, is fruiting for the first time. My propagating volunteers, Lise, Ginny, Mary and Camilo have assisted me in collecting, cleaning and planting 100 seeds. My plan is to have some plants for distribution to FTBG members and to plant additional ones in the palmetum.