Pholidostachys kalbreyeri

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kalbreyeri (kahl-breh-YEHR-ee)
Central Panamá, Carretera El Llano, Lat. 9.34, Long. -78.99. Photo by Dr. Carmen Galdames
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pholidostachys
kalbreyeri (kahl-breh-YEHR-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Panamá to NW. Colombia. Tropical Moist Forest. Elevation;
Central Panamá, Carretera El Llano, Lat. 9.34, Long. -78.99. Photo by Dr. Carmen Galdames
30 m to 900 m.



Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A smallish palm, from the understory of tropical rainforests in Panama and north western Colombia, to 750 m, where it inhabits wet areas along streams or in swamps. The leaves hold only a few, wide leaflets. It is rather rare, both in the wild and in cultivation, where it prefers tropical conditions. (

Image Text: Dr. A.J. Henderson.

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).

Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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

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