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a genus of palms having a columnar bole reaching 10 m tall. The fan-shaped leaves measure 1 to 1.5 m across. There are about 37 species, distributed mainly on the Hawaiian Islands. Two species are encountered on the Fiji Islands, and two on the Tuamotu Islands. The palms grow primarily in moist tropical forests; a few species are found in mountains at elevations of 300 to 1,500 m. Fans and various woven products are made from the leaves of P. pacifica and other species.