Hydriastele pinangoides

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Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
pinangoides (pih-nahn-go-EE-dehz)
Lake Kutubu, S. Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
pinangoides (pih-nahn-go-EE-dehz)
Old name-Gronophyllum pinangoides (1985)
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to New Guinea.
Samarakoon's garden, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Photo by Philippe.



Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Essig and Young (1985) accepted Gronophyllum leonardii, a nomen novum that they established to account for a name, Nengella brassii (Burret) Burret (syn. Leptophoenix brassii Burret), that could not be recombined in Gronophyllum due to a pre-existing publication of the name Gronophyllum brassii (Burret 1939). Having seen the type of Leptophoenix brassii, we are convinced that it falls within the wide range of variation that is encompassed by the complex species Hydriastele pinangoides, in particular in terms of leaf morphology, and we place it in synonymy accordingly. (W.J. Baker and A.H.B. Loo. 2004)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

All together, not counting the current name, there have been 24 other accepted names for this species.

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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).

Baker, W.J. & Loo, A.H.B. 2004. A synopsis of the genus Hydriastele (Arecaceae). Kew Bulletin, Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 61-68.

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

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