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Palm trees : endemic species of Polynesia 2021
The Pelagodoxa henryana is a species of the Arecaceae family (palm trees) and known as the vernacular ’enu in Marquisian or ha'ari rohutu in Raivavae. This palm has its origin in the Marquesas archipelago in French Polynesia,
and more particularly on the island of Nuku Hiva.

It’s in 1916 that Charles Henry, a French agronomist, discovers Pelagodoxa henryana, in the valley of Taipivai in
Nuku Hiva. The Pelagodoxa henryana is a particularly aesthetic palm, which is why it is popular with collectors.
It is adapted to the humid tropical climate and the difficulty of germinating makes it rare. It is listed among the protected plants because of its extreme rarity in the natural environment. After a period of rarefaction, it gradually returns in
force in our gardens.

Pritchardia mitiaroana is also an endangered species and is endemic to Mitiaro in the Cook Islands as well as Makatea Island and Niau Atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. In 2010, after an exploration and surveys of the inhabitants, in particular the dean Rosalie Auméran and the field guide Reubena Matai, Pritchardia mitiaroana was first documented on the isand of Anaa where it is known as the vernacular umeume as in Niau. In the Cook Islands it is called iniao. On the island of Makatea it is proudly called tavevo.

Several uses of this palm have been reported, such as wood for construction and leaves for basketry (roofs in particular).

Fare Rata, the French Polynesia Post Office is honored to present these endangered and protected species that have managed to endure and that make proud, the people of our remote islands.

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