Ptychosperma cuneatum

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Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah) cuneatum (koon-eh-AH-tuhm)
Ptychosperma cuneatum infructescence.jpg
Photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah)
Species: cuneatum (koon-eh-AH-tuhm)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

New Guinea. Native to Papua New
Photo by Paul Craft
Guinea rainforest.


Ptychosperma cuneatum is a small, thin stemmed solitary palm 3-5m. in height; and stems 2-3 cm. in diameter. This species has caryotoid leaflets and new leafs are red. Fruit are black. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A slender, moderately-sized, solitary species from montane rainforest in New Guinea with broad, wedge-shaped leaflets. Rare in cultivation. (

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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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