Pinanga tomentella

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
tomentella (toh-mehn-TELL-ah)
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Photo by Dr. WeeFoong Ang
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
tomentella (toh-mehn-TELL-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Entire leaf (bifid).
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Found in the rainforests on the island of Borneo.
Borneo. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads


A small clustering palm to about 1.5m tall. Long, narrow, entire leaves. There is a variety from Gunung Buri that has a very distinct white/silver streak down the middle of the leaf.

A stunning, mildly clustering dwarf palm from the undergrowth of rainforests on the island of Borneo, that grows to about 1 m (3 ft.) tall. The pencil-thin stem carries a small crown of long, entire, paddle-shaped leaves that are dark green above and silvery below. The small inflorescence is bright red. This unique palm is very rare in cultivation and much sought after by collectors. It requires a protected spot in the tropical garden. (


Warm, sheltered and moist. 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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