Reinhardtia simplex

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Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
simplex (SIM-pleks)
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Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City QLD, Australia. Photo by Tanetahi
Scientific Classification
Genus: Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
simplex (SIM-pleks)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Entire to Parapinnate.
Survivability index
Common names
Upaká Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico Southeast,
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Photo by Dr. Reinaldo Aguilar.
Nicaragua, and Panamá.


Small, clustering palm to about 1 meter tall, with small (10-15 cm long) Leaves simple and bifid in the apex. However, you can find leaves completly divided at the base, giving the impression of a compound leaf, all are notched or have serrations towards the end of the leaves. In contrast to the other members of the genus, this species doesn't have the "window panes" or slits (fenestrations) in the leaves. Ovoid fruit. Dark purple when mature. Penduncule is long and red. Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Zone 10b-11.

Comments and Curiosities

"Attractive understory palm that unfortunately is a bit too marginal for me to grow, but it has survived and done well in the best microclimates here in So Cal. (not too hot, but not too cold kind of thing). Likes to stay moist. THis palm is a suckering plant with simple, unsplit leaves that look a bit like fish-tail palm leaves. Good plant near water gardens in shady areas." (Geoff Stein)

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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