Ptychosperma propinquum

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Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah) propinquum (pro-pihn-KOO-uhm)
On the road to Ransiki, West Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Ptychosperma (tee-koh-SPEHR-mah)
Species: propinquum (pro-pihn-KOO-uhm)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names
Aru Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Florida: Montgomery Estate, March 1951. Photo by L. H. Bailey Hortorium
and New Guinea.



Comments and Curiosities

Native to eastern Indonesia, this moderately sized palm sports very slender, clustering trunks, compact crownshafts and bushy crowns of dark green leaves. A delightful ornamental for the tropics, young palms also make great indoor plants. (

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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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