Hydriastele beguinii

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Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
beguinii (beh-GWIN-ee)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hydriastele (high-dree-Ah-STEL-eh)
beguinii (beh-GWIN-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to the Maluku Islands.
Floribunda Palms, Hawaii.


Medium sized, slender, solitary palm, to about 8m (25ft) tall, with 2m (6ft) long, irregulary pinnate, shiny green, recurved leaves, with large leaflets which remain unsplit or variably split until the palm is quite old. It has very large, wedge-shaped terminal leaflets. Editing by edric.


Sheltered, moist, well drained position. Grows well in the tropics and sub-tropics.

Comments and Curiosities

This medium sized feather-leaved palm from the Moluccas Islands in S.E. Asia produces a slender, ringed, green trunk and a slim, waxy-green crownshaft that will carry an open crown of glossy green, irregularly divided leaves with a large, undivided terminal leaflet. Hydriastele beguinii is an excellent ornamental for tropical areas and also does well as an unusual indoor plant. (RPS.com)

"Very attractive solitary irregulary pinnate palm from the Moluccas island and New Guinea where it can grow up to 25' tall (never seen one anywhere near that tall, though). Has very ornamental recurved leaves with large leaflets most of which are unsplit or variably split until palm is much older. Terminal leaflets are very large and wedge-shaped. Dark green leaves and dark blue-green crownshaft. Great landscape palm for smaller gardens. Closely related to Gronophyllums. From what I understand, this species has now been relocated in Hydriastele (same species name, though) 2006. This was made official, January 2007 by John Dransfield. All Siphokentia is swallowed up into Hydriastele." (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 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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