Pinanga rivularis

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
rivularis (rih-voo-LAHR-iss)
Ulu Ingei, Brunei Darussalam. (Borneo) Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
rivularis (rih-voo-LAHR-iss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Stream banks in Borneo rainforest.
Sarawak, Malaysia. "This dwarf palm species is typical of rheophytic plants, in having slender leaves which do not get torn in swift water." Photo by Ch'ien C. Lee


Small clustering palm to about 1.5 m tall, caespitose (forming dense clumps). Has narrow, dark green leaflets. It is a rheophyte, (i.e. it grows in the flood plains of streams and rivers). Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered, and moist. A tropical lowland plant requiring high humidity, moderate shading, and a minimum temperature of 20 C for good growth. Requires very well-drained soil and frequent watering. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

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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