Bentinckia nicobarica

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Bentinckia (ben-tink-EE-ah) nicobarica (nik-oh-bar-EE-kah)
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida. Photo by Dr. Carl E. Lewis, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Bentinckia (ben-tink-EE-ah)
Species: nicobarica (nik-oh-bar-EE-kah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Nicobar palm

Habitat and Distribution

Bentinckia nicobarica is endemic to the Nicobar Is.
Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden.
They lie along the eastern edge of the Bay of Bengal. Found in lowland rainforest of Nicobar island.


It grows about 20 m tall and girth is about 25 cm. A solitary palm, it has arching pinnate leaves and a light green crown shaft. Fruit globular, black, about 1 cm diameter, and the single seed is grooved on one side. It is generally seen along with other palm species such as Areca catechu, Pinanga manii and Rhopaloblaste augusta. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

Uses: The stems are used by the local people in house and fence construction.

"This an atttractive tropical palm that at first glance looks a bit like a King Palm, until you notice the slightly arched leaves and the exceptionally long, yellow-green crownshaft with the slight bulge at the base. It also is slightly, more prominently ringed than most Archontophoenix. This is not a palm I can grow in California, but I have seen it nicely grown, in several landscape situations in tropical climates." (Geoff Stein), edric.

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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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