Drymophloeus subdistichus

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Drymophloeus (dry-moh-FLEH-uhs) subdistichus (sub-DIS-tihk-uhs)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Drymophloeus (dry-moh-FLEH-uhs)
Species: subdistichus (sub-DIS-tihk-uhs)
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Native Continent
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Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Ponapea (poh-nah-PEH-ah) subdistichus is endemic to the Solomon Is. Where it its found in
Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens, Thailand.
low to medium elevation open rainforest.


A medium sized solitary palm, to about 12 m. tall with a very straight, slender trunk and a long, thin pale gray-green crownshaft that is slightly dark at the top. It has a dense crown of strongly arching, pinnate leaves, with premorse leaf tips, that are V-shaped in cross section, and which have large, bright green leaflets. Editing by edric.


Lightly shaded, moist, but well drained position. Tropical, but very fast growing. This species grows well in the subtropics in a frost free area.

Comments and Curiosities

Once called Rhederophoenix and then this species was transferred into Drymophloeus by Hal Moore, this species comes from the Solomon islands and cannot be easily distinguished from a Veitchia species when mature.

A mid-sized palm that forms a very straight, slender trunk to 14 m (46 ft.) tall which carries a dense crown of strongly arching, pinnate leaves, V-shaped in cross section. It occurs naturally in open forest at low and medium elevations in the Solomon Islands. In a tropical climate, D. subdistichus is extremely fast growing. Its cultural requirements are quite similar to those of Veitchia, and despite its complicated name, it is a highly desirable ornamental. (RPS.com)

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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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