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About Palms

Explanation of the Palm Collection

Toshihiko Satake classified all varieties of palm and became an international authority. There are 3,333 varieties of palm which are broadly classified into two types by the shape of their leaves.

Palmate Leaf

Palmate Leaf

Pinnate Leaf

Pinnate Leaf

Classification of Palms (1962 SATAKE)

Shape of LeafNameRepresentative PalmCharacteristic
PalmatePalmateLeafDouble Coconut PalmPalm that has the largest seed (Dia.40 cm) in plant kingdom.
PinnatePinnateLeafSatakentia LiukiuensisPalm named by SatakeIt was named 'Satakentia Liukiuensis' in recognition of its original discovery and identification by Toshihiko Satake.

Principal Palms

Satakentia

"Satakentia"

Satakentia palms have leaves like large feathers. It is a primordial palm found only in the Okinawa islands, most notably on the primordial Ishigaki Island, where it is specified as a natural monument. Toshihiko Satake was its discoverer and first to identify it as a new variety. In recognition of his work, it was named Satakentia Liukiuensis.

Double Coconut Palm

"Double Coconut Palm"

This variety is found only in the Seychelles, where it can grow to 40 metres in 100 years, when it produces seeds of 40cm diameter. After producing the seeds, it withers.The Double coconut seed in the museum was obtained by Toshihiko Satake from his pen friend in the Seychelles, when he later became President of the Republic. After a subsequent Coup d'etat, he lives in Europe.

Caryota Urens

"Caryota Urens"

In Palms, there is another type that has prickles on the trunk and/or leaves. It has evolved with these prickles for self-protection.

Mascarena

"Mascarena"

Toshihiko Satake devised almost Japanese names for some palms. For example, the Japanese name for this palm is Tokkuri palm. Tokkuri means a sake bottle and the shape of the lower trunk is similar to a sake bottle, hence the name

Chamaedorea

"Chamaedorea"

We usually imagine palms as tall trees. However, this palm is a dwarf variety, which is fully grown at 30 cm height.

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