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Baker\'s loulu (Pritchardia bakeri)

Two dozen members of the genus Pritchardia comprise the only palms native to Hawai'i. Baker's loulu (Pritchardia bakeri) is endemic to a single mountain range on the island of Oah'u, currently with less than 50 individuals in the wild. Lyon Arboretum is looking to add this unique and rare Hawaiian palm to their inter situ collections on the garden grounds. Photo Credit: Tim Kroessig
Description
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Arecaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID: 935263
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

This Hawaiian palm species has magnificent blades of green to silver gray. Yellow flowers bloom on a pendulous inflorescence during its flowering season and produce into green fruits that share the same interior texture as coconuts. Members of its genus are typically used for protection against the sun or from rain, in early Hawaiian weaponry, as a quick snack, for roof thatching, and in fashion accessories like hats and fats.

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Updates
Katie Heineman
  • 02/09/2022
  • Conservation Grove

Lyon Arboretum is the process of acquiring material to establish a robust inter-situ collection of Pritchardia bakeri, an exceptional species.

Clarice Mendoza
  • 09/08/2017
  • Genetic Research

Seeds were collected by the Montgomery Botanical Center for further research, especially for DNA analysis. 

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Nomenclature
Taxon Pritchardia bakeri
Authority Hodel
Family Arecaceae
CPC Number 44893
ITIS
USDA PRBA4
Common Names Baker's Loulu
Associated Scientific Names Pritchardia bakeri
Distribution Found on the island of O`ahu, this Pritchardia species is known from the Pupukea and Kuliouou areas of the Ko`olau Mountain range.
State Rank
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Hawaii SNR
Habitat

P. bakeri is typically found in wet habitats at high elevations. Montane forests are preferred, but they can also grow at lower and drier elevations although their growth may be stunted. These palm trees can also tolerate near freezing temperatures, as long as they are as dry as possible. 

Ecological Relationships

Ecological relationships are unknown.

Pollinators
Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Reintroduction
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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