Heterospathe intermedia

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intermedia (in-tehr-meh-DEE-ah)
Heterospathe intermedia flower HU.jpg
Scientific Classification
Genus: Heterospathe
intermedia (in-tehr-meh-DEE-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to the Philippines.
PHILIPPINES:, 9-May-2013. Photo by Jiro Adorador.


A mid-sized palm from montane rainforests on the Philippines with a slender, smooth, gray trunk and spreading, red emergent leaves with numerous, long, leathery leaflets. A beautiful palm for the tropical garden. (RPS.com)


Comments and Curiosities

As with Ptychoraphis microcarpa, Moore (1970) referred P. intermedia to Heterospathe but also did not formally transfer the epithet. H. intermedia is readily recognizable by its tall habit, the glossy, yellowish-green petiole and rachis, the glaucescent leaf sheaths, and the long (to 50 cm) and rather thick(to 5 mm) rachillae. This species is confined to the eastern portion of the Philippine archipelago, and reaches Luzon only up to the southern tip of the Bicol Peninsula, following a distribution pattern similar to that of Areca caliso Becc. and Calamus aidae Fernando. (E.S. Fernando. 1990)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

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).

Fernando, E.S.1990. The genus Heterospathe (Palmae: Arecoideae) in the Philippines. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 219-234.

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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