Pinanga aristata

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
aristata (ahr-ih-STAHT-ah)
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Stone Park Camp, central Sarawak, Borneo. Photo by Mike Gray
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
aristata (ahr-ih-STAHT-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate & Entire leaf forms
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Rainforests.

Borneo. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads


Small palm of the undergrowth, mottled leaves, usually pinnate, however, there is a form with simple leaves. Although often a clustering palm, it is usually single stemmed, with small basal suckers. New leaves have a distinctive reddish or purplish tinge. Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered, and moist. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Small, understory usually solitary, but sometimes clustering irregularly pinnate palm from Borneo. It has wide or sometimes undivided leaflets that are pale green to yellowy green. It's a real water lover and dislikes full sun. The leaves tend to be mottled. Clusters of canes always have one large in the middle and small surrounding it. Flowers at a very small size, with plants on 2' tall often making flowers." (Geoff Stein)

A small, lightly clustering palm from rainforests on Borneo with beautifully mottled, pinnate or entire leaves that are unfolding in a nice purplish tone. Even though it adapts well to cultivation in the tropics, it is very rarely seen, most likely because seeds are difficult to come by. It enjoys a moist spot in the garden under established canopy. (

External Links


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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