Kentia Palm – Howea forsteriana Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Kentia Palm Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana, HOW-ee-a for-ster-ee-AH-na Decorative Life: Years. Availability: Year Round Family Roots: Member of the Palmae (palm) family. Native to Lord Howe’s Island (Australia) in the South Pacific. Common relatives are palms including, coconut, date and oil. Personality: Plant is classed as a monocotyledon, leaves with mostly parallel veins. Fronds (leaves) feather-like at end of stalk. Stems are green showing scars of fallen leaves. Can grow to 60 feet but more commonly grown as a stem-less juvenile. Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, store above 50F or higher. For example, can be stored for 28 days at temperatures ranging from 50-66F. Tidbits: The specific epithet name forsteriana bears the name of William Forster, Senator, New South Wales. Often sold as Kentia Palm. Members of this family provide the world with many products including food (coconut and oil), ornamentals, wax, fibers and beverages. Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort. This is a very slow growing species that will do well under indoor conditions as long as leaves are maintained, kept healthy.