Areca minuta

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
minuta (mih-NOOT-ah)
Gunung Matang, Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
minuta (mih-NOOT-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Malesiana Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Rainforest.
Bukit Patam, Brunei Darussalam. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.


A tropical lowland forest palm from Borneo. This diminutive and attractive species forms small clumps of slender canes that rarely reach over 1 meter in height. Editing by edric.


Requires a warm tropical climate, and shelter from wind. Plants do best with moderate to heavy shading. Cold Hardiness Zone: 11

Comments and Curiosities

A true dwarf palm from rainforests in Malaysia with pencil-thin stems and glossy leaves with only two pairs of leaflets. A gem of the undergrowth in the tropical garden. (

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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