Definition of kentia palm in English:

kentia palm

(also kentia)


  • An Australasian palm tree which is popular as a houseplant while it is young.

    Howeia or 'Howea', formerly 'Kentia' forsteriana, family Palmae

    • ‘The other industry is kentia palms, endemic to the island, which are the palms used in every palm court in Europe and USA.’
    • ‘Also worth a try are Howea forsteriana, the quick-growing kentia or paradise palm, and the Lacy tree philodendron, P. selloum, which has ruffled-edged leaves on two foot long arching stalks.’
    • ‘So it was inevitable that when Greg and wife Maria moved to coastal Southern California - where the climate is mild enough for kentia palms and plumerias - he seized the opportunity to create his own backyard resort.’
    • ‘When you're swinging from a hammock and grilling shrimp on a private deck tucked into a forest of banyan trees and kentia palms, it's hard to imagine life beyond Lord Howe Island.’


Late 19th century: modern Latin, named after William Kent (died 1828), botanical collector.


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