Pinanga densiflora

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
densiflora (den-sih-FLOR-ah)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
densiflora (den-sih-FLOR-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Sumatara. Moist mid-altitude forests of Sumatra.
Tropical Qld, Australia. Photo by Michael Pascall


"This is a monoecious palm, fast, suckering, fairly easy to grow, and which likes wet humid conditions in deepshade." (Dr. John L. Dowe).

"Attractive densely clustering species of bifid, or irregularly split pinnate palm from Sumatra, in which the leaves are mottled, especially in the younger plants." (Geoff Stein) Editing by edric.


This is a monoecious palm, fast, clutering, fairly easy to grow, and which likes wet humid conditions in deepshade. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A smallish, clustering palm with broadly pinnate, beautifully and intensely mottled leaves, native to montane rainforests on the island of Sumatra. A surprisingly easy and fast growing palm for the understory of 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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