Johannesteijsmannia perakensis

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perakensis (pehr-ah-KEHN-sis)
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J. perakensis in habitat, near Ipoh, (Perak) in NW Peninsular Malaysia. Photo by pilou.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Johannesteijsmannia
perakensis (pehr-ah-KEHN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Entire, cerated and slightly notched at apices.
Survivability index
Common names
Daun payung Perak, Joey on a Stick.

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to Ipoh (Perak) in NW Peninsular Malaysia, in low mountainous rainforests. NOTE: Johannesteijsmannia
Malaysia. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads.
perakensis was previously discovered, recorded and believed only to grow in the State of Perak at the Gunung Bubu, and Kledang Siong Forest Reserves, within the Kledang and Bintang Ranges. The rediscovery of Johannesteijsmannia perakensis in Gunung Bongsu Forest Reserve in Kedah.


Johannesteijsmannia perakensis is the only species with a trunk. (Up to 4 m tall.) Solitary palm that can reach heights over 20 feet high, due a long slender trunk that grows to 12 feet in length. The undivided large leathery leaves are the most desirable trait of this palm. They can reach 10 feet long and remain undivided. The overall shape of the undivided leaves can be compared to a elongated diamond. A slow growing palm, the J. perakensis can take upwards to 10 years to develop a viewable trunk. Editing by edric.


Shady, moist and well drained understory area where it can avoid too much direct sunlight throughout the day. Due to its slow growing nature, it should be planted in a area where other plants will not overtake it throughout the years. The J. perakensis is not cold hardy and should be grown in zones 10-11 only. It cannot handle sub 40 F temperatures well, and should be protected if the temperatures are to drop under 40 F.

Comments and Curiosities

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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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