Iguanura elegans

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Iguanura (ig-oo-ah-NOOR-ah)
elegans (EHL-eh-ganz)
Manila, Philippines. Photo by Gene Brace.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Iguanura (ig-oo-ah-NOOR-ah)
elegans (EHL-eh-ganz)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Entire bifid.
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Semengoh Arboretum, Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, [Kew/Palmweb.


An attractive, understory palm which has large, undivided, paddle shaped, notched leaves.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Tropics or warm sub-tropics. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

There is also a split-leaf form.

Iguanura is a genus of attractive small rainforest palms, not much known in cultivation, but sure to become more popular as they become more widely known and grown. I. elegans is one of the prettiest and rarest, having leaflets of different widths and something of the appearance of a Geonoma. Rich and moist soil and a tropical climate suit them best, and they also make charming potted plants for the humid conservatory. (RPS.com) Editing by edric.

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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