Maxburretia gracilis

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gracilis (grah-SIHL-iss)
Malaysia. Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Maxburretia
gracilis (grah-SIHL-iss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Thailand (Peninsular). Malaysia, in forest, on cliffs, in few limestone outcroppings, on the
Malaysia. Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity.
Langkawi Islands, off the Malay Peninsula. to 500 meters Elev.


Stems clustered to 7 m. tall, and 8 cm in diameter. Leaf sheath fibers remaining joined at their apices; blades divided into 25-30 leaflets. Inflorescences to 0.9 m long; fruits globose to ovoid, to 1 cm long and 0.5 cm in diameter, color; brown. (Dr. Andrew J. Henderson 2009)

Clustering hermaphroditic palm, with up to 4 stems. Stem up to 7 m tall at maturity, about 8 cm in diam., naked proximally, with close leaf sheath scars, covered distally for 1–2 m with persistent leaf sheath fibres, remaining connected in the ligule-shaped tips. Leaf petiole up to 70 cm long, more or less terete through out, 5 mm in diam.; blade rounded in outline, flattened, up to 25–40 cm in diam., deeply split into 25–30 single-fold segments, individual segments shortly indented, greyish green above, somewhat paler below with scattered brown dots. Inflorescence 70–90 cm long, rachillae numerous 7–12 cm long, minutely puberulous when young. Flowers solitary or inserted in groups of 2–3, bisexual, anout 2 x 1.5 mm, stamen filaments fused into a conspicuous about 2.5 mm long tube, shortly adnate to corolla basally, gynoecium about 1 mm long, densely covered by silky hairs. Fruit globose to ovoid, up to 1.0 x 0.5 cm, brown at maturity. (Palms of Thailand) Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

This is a dioecious genus.

Etymology: Genus name honors Max Burret (1883-1964), German botanist.

Although there are species with extensive ranges, especially in America, most are restricted in range, and those of islands, in particular, are frequently found nowhere else. One species, Maxburretia gracilis, is limited to a few limestone outcroppings, in the Langkawi Islands off the Malay Peninsula. The island of New Caledonia has 17 genera and 32 species of palms.

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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).

Dr. Andrew J. Henderson, Palms of Southern Asia, page 134. 2009.

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

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