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a plant name formerly used to include palms now allotted to several different genera and still used commercially to denote the feather palm genus Howea, native to Lord Howe Island, popular as greenhouse or house plants for their decorative arching foliage: family Palmaceae
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named after William Kent (died 1828), British botanist
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  • The kentia palm before mentioned is one of the very hardiest, and will thrive where few others will grow.

    Gardening for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster

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