Calyptrocalyx doxanthus

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doxanthus (dahks-AHN-tûs)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Calyptrocalyx
doxanthus (dahks-AHN-tûs)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Calyptrocalyx doxanthus is native to the undergrowth of montane rainforests, around an altitude of 1000 m.
Indonesia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
(3300 ft.) in the Jayapura Division of Western New Guinea (former Irian Jaya).


Trunk type: Clustering, to approximately 2.5 meters. This is an under-story palm. Leaf detail: Pinnately compound, Pinnae, pinkish new emergent leaf, lighter green mature leaf, depending on lighting, some marbling on the leaf, may occur. Native to the undergrowth of montane rainforests around an altitude of 1000 m (3300 ft.) in the Jayapura Division of Western New Guinea (former Irian Jaya), this smallish palm forms an open cluster of slender trunks to about 7 ft. tall. The beautiful leaves carry a few, oval, lightly marbled leaflets with long drip tips. The emerging leaf is pinkish. Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered and moist, altho it is quite cold tolerant because of the altitude at which it is found. Slow growing but quite tough, grows well in subtropics, but worth a try in temperate areas. Requires shade for best results and protected from cold dry winds. It is one of the more cool-tolerant Calyptrocalyx and will do well in most tropical and warm temperate climates but prefers a sheltered spot in the garden out of full sun.

Comments and Curiosities

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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