Sagisi palm


Sagisi palm is native to the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), the Philippine Islands, and the island of Palau, in the Pacific. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a  gray trunk up to 1 foot in diameter. The leaves are up to 10 feet long and are composed of two rows of slender leaflets. Inflorescences arise among the lowest leaves and are about 4 feet long, flowers are white and small. Fruits are about three-eighths of an inch in diameter, they are initially white, turning yellow, red, and finally black before falling. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name means different spathe, in reference to the two unequal bracts that cover the inflorescense. The species name means tall.

The photographed palm and the taller one to its right are in front of the Student Union. There are other specimens southwest of the Lucchetti Bulding, in the area of the former faculty residences, in front of the Celis Building, and behind the Piñero Building. The last specimen was planted by Henry Cowles and Severo Vélez, probably before 1940.

Flowers: this link.

Heterospathe elata (Arecaceae)