Calyptrocalyx elegans

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Las Marías, PR. Photo by Cindy Adair.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Calyptrocalyx
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None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary or clustering.
Leaf type: Bifid or irregularly segmented with united pinnae or regularly pinnate.
Survivability index
Common names
Mara palm, fireball palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Calyptrocalyx elegans is found in New Guinea Rainforest, most of the 26 species of the genus
Calyptrocalyx are native to New Guinea, except one which comes from the Moluccas.


Calyptrocalyx elegans is distinguished by a solitary or clustering habit, leaves that are bifid, or irregularly segmented with united pinnae or regularly pinnate, solitary-spiked inflorescence, ellipsoid fruit, and ruminate endosperm.

Trunk type: Solitary or clustering. A very small tropical palm. Leaf detail: Bifid split v-shaped leaf, often with some other divisions in the leaf, emergent new leaf, is bright red-orange, to maroon, other fine leaf forms occur, within the same species. Editing by edric.


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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