Pritchardia Pacifica, commonly called Fiji fan palm, is a solitary palm that is native to Fiji in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Leaves have commonly been used as fans hence the common name of the fan palm.
Pritchardia Pacifica is one of the most attractive Pritchardia species with a smooth, attractive trunk and large, nearly round, barely split, flat fan leaves held in the crown. It is grown widely in tropical countries and sought after by collectors.
It is a gray-trunked tree (mature trunk diameter to 12″) that grows slowly to as much as 20-30 tall in tropical areas, but smaller when grown indoors in containers as a houseplant. It features huge, many-segmented, palmate, fan-shaped, lime green leaves to 6 long and nearly as wide. A light, flexible wood was used to construct a border for the leaves. In Fijian, the term Ai viu refers to both a fan and an umbrella, as the leaves of Fiji fan palms were used for protection from both the sun and the rain. Fragrant brown flowers bloom on inflorescences to 3 feet long. Round fruits (each to 1/2″ diameter) in large clusters emerge green but mature to dark brown/black.