Pinanga malaiana

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
malaiana (mah-lah-ee-AHN-ah)
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RIUM, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Morad
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
malaiana (mah-lah-ee-AHN-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Malaya Sealing Wax Palm, Malayan-abiki

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya (Borneo), Sumatra,
Bukit Tarek FR, Selangor, Malaysia. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Morad
and Thailand.


Clustering palm (soboliferous), small clumps (caespitose) to about 7 m. Leaves spreading, equally spaced, equal broad leaflets wiyh two main nerves; sheath bluish-grey. Crown shaft prominent, fawn flushed pinkish. Inflorescences pendulous, with 2-5 stout flattened rachilla, to about 20 cm. Flowers yellow-cream, fruits in 2 ranks (orders), ripening purple black.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a+

Comments and Curiosities

"Clustering mountain pinnate palm form Malaysia, Thailand and Sumatra. Leaves long and arching with flat leaflets that continue to drop with arch of leaf. Lots of color: petioles are yellow, trunks are ringed and green, crownshafts are purple to olive green and flowers are bright pink. Rare in cultivation." (Geoff Stein)

A medium sized, clustering palm native to rainforests on the Malay Peninsula and on Sumatra to 800 m (2600 ft.), with multiple, slender, green trunks and arching, finely pinnate leaves. It is particularly attractive when fruiting, with bright red stalks and blackish fruits that can be a focal point in the undergrowth of the tropical garden. (

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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, 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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