Basselinia pancheri (Me Ori)
Me Ori Basselinia
Basselinia pancheri is a variable, robust, midsized palm with a slender green or gray trunk, topped by a prominent and very colorful crownshaft that can be anything from brown to dark red to purplish black. The leathery leaves have broad leaflets of different widths. Basselinia pancheri is widespread over most parts of New Caledonia, frequently in rainforests, but it is also found in disturbed habitats and open situations. It is one of the most adaptable species in this genus and will do well in most tropical and subtropical climates. This amazing form with a very compact crown is found at high altitude on Me Ori.