Arenga hookeriana

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Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
Didymosperma hookerianum
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names
Hooker's Sugar Palm, Hooker's Fishtail Palm.

Habitat and distribution

Arenga hookeriana is found in Thailand Peninsula, North Malaysia
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Paul Latzias.
Peninsula, Habitat: Rainforest.


Physical Characteristics, Trunk Type: Clustering, and usually caespitose (growing in tufts or clumps), Stem 1-2 cm in diam., Height: Up to 0.6 to 1.8m (6ft), Spread: Up to 1.5m (5ft) Growth Habit: Clustering, No Crownshaft, Brown Canelike. This is an Understory palm. Trunk Diameter: Up to 20mm (0.75") Leaf Type: Palmate, Leaf Size: Up to 0.6m (2ft) Leaf: Dark Green, Silver Underside, up to 0.8 m long, 0.3 m wide, Petiole: 0.5 m long. Leaves are almost always undivided, oblong, with indented and lobbed margins, and sharp apices. Inflorescences arise between the leaves, about 0.5 m long, simple, rarely ramified, individual peduncles for male and female flowers (on different stems). Fruit: Ellipsoidal, 1.5 cm long, 0.8 cm wide, red when ripe. Editing by edric.


Light: Partial Shade, Soil: Moist, Well Draining, Watering: Regular, Maintain Moisture, Min. Temp:4°C (39°F) Tolerances: Full Sun, Poor Soil, Germination:1-6 Months, 28-32°C ( 82-90°F) This is an Understory palm. Sheltered, shady and moist, through to the sub-tropics.

Comments and Curiosities

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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