The small, native population of this very rare palm on tiny Lifou Island
near New Caledonia is highly threatened by forest clearing, and less than
100 mature trees remain on the island today. Fortunately, C. nucele has
many virtues that could make it a very successful palm for cultivation.
Seeds sprout readily and plants are easy and fairly fast growing. It will
do well in subtropical and tropical climates, is adaptable to a range
of soils, and will take some coastal exposure. The Lifou Palm will produce
a slender, green trunk, a white crownshaft and a dense crown of dark green,
erect, feather-shaped leaves with a very short petiole.