Ponapea hentyi

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Ponapea (poh-nah-PEH-ah)
hentyi (HEN-tee)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Ponapea (poh-nah-PEH-ah)
hentyi (HEN-tee)
Ptychosperma hentyi
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Ponapea hentyi is endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago. New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
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Grows near waterways in wet forests.


Single stemmed palm, crown of arching leaves, broad triangular leaflets, and premorse leaf tips, ripe fruits are red. Editing by edric.


Requires a warm, well watered shady or lightly sunny position.

Comments and Curiosities

A beautiful smallish palm from rainforests, on the island of New Britain, this species sports a slender solitary trunk, and an open crown of gracefully arching, light green leaves with triangular leaflets. It is fast growing and best suited for a tropical climate. (RPS.com)

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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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