Pinanga paradoxa

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
paradoxa (pahr-ah-DOHX-ah)
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
paradoxa (pahr-ah-DOHX-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to Peninsular
RIUM, WP, Malaysia. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Morad
Malaysia (Malaya), and Thailand.


Stems loosely clustered, spreading by long rhizomes, to 1.5 m tall, 0.4–0.7 cm in diameter, reddish, sometimes new shoots developing on the stem (dichotomous branching). Leaves pinnate; sheaths 4.5–10 cm long, green with reddish-brown hairs; petioles 2–4.5 cm long; rachis 0.15–0.4 m long; pinnae 3–20 per side of rachis, lighter green abaxially, falcate, regularly arranged, distantly spaced, the middle one 7–15 cm long, 1–4 cm wide. Inflorescences pendulous; peduncles 1 cm long, 0.2 cm wide; rachis absent; rachillae 1 (–4), 2–6 cm long, slender, zig-zag, flattened in cross-section, glabrous; triads arranged distichously, superficial on rachillae. Male flowers not seen; female flowers 2 mm long; sepals 2 mm long, rounded at the apices, ciliate; petals 2 mm long, ciliate. Fruits ovoid, to 1.8 cm long, 1 cm in diameter, ripening red to black. (Palms of Thailand) Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

There are Two subspecies; Pinanga paradoxa var. paradoxa, and Pinanga paradoxa var. unicostata.

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

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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