Chambeyronia Macrocarpa var. Hookeri (Blonde Flamethrower)
C. macrocarpa is endemic to the mid-elevations of the New Caledonian rain forest from 2,000-3,000 ft/610-900m.
A feather solitary palm to about 20-25 ft, with a spectacular, bright red new leaf, which stays red for up to 10 days. The leaflets are also very wide, thick, and shiny, so even without a new leaf it is very distinctive, with very fat and thick pinnate leaves, 10-12 feet long. Easy to grow.
This is a must have in the garden. Chambeyronia macrocarpa comes from New Caledonia. On this island you will find extraordinary primitive plants including the Flamethrower which dates back to the Mesozoic Era, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. The Flame Thrower is considered cold hardy. They can resist temperatures down to -3 degrees C. The Flame Thrower Palm is a large, robust palm that has pinnate palm with broad leaflets. Their leaves are deep shade of green re-curving and drastically arching leaves. It has a swollen crownshaft which makes it very appealing sitting above the beautifully ringed trunk. The leaves are dark green and leathery in touch and appearance when mature. The Flame Thrower Palm is very easy to care for. These exotic and rare cold hardy palms thrive in a well-drained, moist climate with full sun to light shade. It has one new emerged leaf that will be red to maroon in colour but will fade after 2 weeks. This rare palm tree is a slow growing palm tree with a maximum average height of about 4-6 metres. This palm tree will have any person in awe with its beauty. The Flame Thrower Palm is a wonderful specimen to have whether it is in your home, office, or landscape.
- The "green form," with a dark solid green crownshaft, are the most common of the forms.
- The "yellow form," or , with a yellow crownshaft and the colour extending up into the petioles. Observations have been consistent that this form has the most vivid and highest percentage of red leafs. This form is sometimes referred to as the "blond flamethrower".
- The "Watermelon" variety with the yellow and green streaked appearance of some watermelons in its crownshaft. It has been discussed that this may be the result of cross pollination between the green and yellow forms.