Veitchia filifera (H.Wendl.) H.E.Moore (1957:533)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: Ptychosperma filiferum H.Wendl. in Bonplandia (Hannover) 10: 195 (1862); Drymophloeus filifer (H.Wendl.) Scheff. in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 1: 158 (1876); Vitiphoenix filifera (H.Wendl.) Becc. in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 2: 91 (1885); Vitiphoenix pedionoma A.C.Sm. in J. Arnold Arbor. 31: 145 (1950); Veitchia pedionoma (A.C.Sm.) H.E.Moore in Gentes Herbarum 8: 524 (1957); Vitiphoenix petiolata Burret in Occas. Pap. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Mus. 11(4): 8 (1935); Veitchia petiolata (Burret) H.E.Moore in Gentes Herbarum 8: 520 (1957); Vitiphoenix sessilifolia Burret in Occas. Pap. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Mus. 11(4): 9 (1935); Veitchia sessilifolia (Burret) H.E.Moore in Gentes Herbarum 8: 521 (1957)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1860

Rediscovered (Watling, 2005 fide Humphreys et al., 2019) in May 1995 (Zona & Fuller, 1999:551)

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern



Mathuata Province, Vanua Levu, Fiji


Biology & Ecology










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