Reinhardtia paiewonskiana

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Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
Dominican Republic.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to the Dominican Republic. Rainforests, altitude
Dominican Republic. Photo by Elidio Fernandez.
around 800 m.


Solitary palm to 12 m high, small, ringed trunk (diameter: to 14 cm). 10-12 pinnate leaves (length: 3 m), composed of 110 linear pinnae (lenghth: 70 cm, width: 3.5 cm),Rachis (2.5-3 m long), petiole (10-20 cm long) glabrescent, sheath (length: 40-50 cm). Flowers monoecious, grouped in panicles, axillary and interlayer compounds (length: 50 cm), males flowers with 8-22 stamens. Fruits ovoid (length: 20 mm), black-purple. (From the French) Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone 10a

Comments and Curiosities

"Reinhardtia are usually thought of as diminutive palms, invariably seen as pot plants. This magnificent species, from rainforests in the Dominican Republic on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola is a giant in comparison, growing to 12 m (40 ft.) tall, with a 14 cm (3 in.) diameter trunk. It was only recently described from the Sierra de Bahoruco, where it grows between 800 and 1300 m. It is very rare both in the wild and in cultivation but has enormous potential as an ornamental palm for tropical as well as many warm temperate climates." (

"This is a very un-Reinhardtia Reinhardtia species... while all the others are suckering, understory short palms with fishtail leavlets, this palm from the Domincan Republic is a tall, solitary pinnate palm that likes full sun. It is also the most tropical of the genus. Looks a bit like a Syagrus or Howea- no crownshaft. It is a very neat palm with closely spaced, stiff leaflets and a clean trunk. Rarely seen in cultivation." (Geoff Stein)

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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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