Nīkau – Rhopalostylis sapida

History & Culture In the early Miocene (around 23 million years ago) New Zealand had a much warmer climate and contained distinctive tropical elements in its flora. Palms were common at this time, and even included species of Coconut – such as the small fruited Cocos zeylanica. Perhaps as a result of glaciation and cooling, these species have been removed from the landscape, with only … Continue reading Nīkau – Rhopalostylis sapida