Ptychosperma sanderianum

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Ptychosperma (ty-koh-SPEHR-mah) sanderianum
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Hawaii. Photo by Dr. George Peavy
Scientific Classification
Genus: Ptychosperma (ty-koh-SPEHR-mah)
Species: sanderianum
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Sander's Palm

Habitat and Distribution

New Guinea; eastern rainforest.
Jardim Botânico de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


A small to medium sized palm, clustering; occasionally solitary, with a very slender trunk. It has slightly arching leaves, very narrow leaflets, and a greyish crownshaft. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Prefers warm sub-tropical or tropical conditions. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"This is a smaller clustering, pinnate palm from New Guinea with a very open habit- stems tend to curve away from each other, and crowns are sparse- not a dominant looking palm in the landscape. Has very skinny stems about 1" in diameter. Leaves are slightly arched to drooping." (Geoff Stein)

A mid-sized, clustering species native to easternmost New Guinea that produces dense stands of very slender stems . The grayish crownshafts hold several mildly arching leaves with very narrow leaflets. Like many Ptychosperma it is an easy, fast growing and trouble-free palm for the tropics but is rarely seen in cultivation. (

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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