Ptychosperma furcatum

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Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah)
furcatum (foor-KAH-tuhm)
Mt. Warning Caldera, Nth. NSW, Australia. Photo by Pete.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah)
furcatum (foor-KAH-tuhm)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering & solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Native to Papua, New Guinea where it grows
Mt. Warning Caldera, Nth. NSW, Australia. Photo by Pete.
in lowland rainforests.


This species may be clustering or a single trunked palm. The slender stems grow up to 15 feet tall and are 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Wedged-shape leaflets may be up to 18 inches long. After flowering the fruits turn from green to orange to red. It is quite rare in cultivation. This medium-sized palm can be grown in a container or planted in a shady, moist location. (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

A very slender, clustering or sometimes solitary palm native to lowland rainforests in Papua New Guinea. It is easy and fast growing and prefers tropical conditions. (

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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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