Pinanga adangensis

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
adangensis (ah-dah-JEHN-sis)
Pinanga adangensis inflorescence.jpg
Photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
adangensis (ah-dah-JEHN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Thailand; Mak adang (หมากอาดัง) (Peninsular)

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, and Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Kom


Pinanga adangensis, is a delicate palm forming clusters. It is native to the Malay Peninsula, and develops a stylish green reeds, capitals bright yellow leaves and finely pinnate.

Stems clustered, to 8 m tall, 4–5 cm diameter, green. Leaves pinnate; sheaths 30–60 cm long, whitish-green to yellowish with purplish hairs; petioles 30–50 cm long; rachis to 2 m long; pinnae to 26 per side of rachis, green abaxially, linear, regularly arranged, closely spaced, the middle ones 50–65 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide. Inflorescences pendulous; peduncles 3.5–4 cm long, 1 cm wide; rachis 3.5–4 cm long; rachillae 5–7, 18–35 cm long, zig-zag, triangular in cross-section, glabrous; triads arranged distichously, superficial on the rachillae. Male flowers not seen; female flowers to 3 mm long; sepals to 3 mm long, rounded at the apices, hairy on the margins; petals to 3 mm long, ciliate. Fruits ovoid to obovoid, 1–1.8 cm long, 0.6–1.2 cm diameter, ripening red to purple-black. (Palms of Thailand) Editing by edric.


Thrives best under the canopy of tropical forests. This species has seen 26 F. (see video - External links). Cold Hardiness Zone: 9b

Comments and Curiosities

A dainty, clustering palm from the Malay Peninsula and Thailand, with slender green canes, bright yellow crownshafts and finely pinnate leaves. It does best under canopy in the tropical garden. (

This species grows very well in the subtropics and has a yellow crownshaft as a juvenile; it can be grown in the sun or shade in a frost-free area! A stunning palm for any garden likes a well mulched garden bed and should be planted in a prominent area to appreciate the true beauty of this species, only growing to around 6 m tall but is quite Slow growing in the subtropics by comparison. (Clayton York - Utopia Palms &

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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