Pinanga auriculata

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
auriculata (aw-rihk-oo-LAHT-ah)
Pinanga auriculata02.jpg
Habitat. Photo by Rudy Meyer,
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
auriculata (aw-rihk-oo-LAHT-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo, Malaya, Myanmar, Thailand. Sarawak rainforests.
In habitat. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads


Small palm, thin stem, to 2 m. tall, 3 cm in diameter DBH, Pinnate, with leaf sheath forming a well defined prominant crownshaft, 5 - 10 leaflets per side. Fruit: Ellipsoid to spherical, up to 2.0 cm long and 1.0 cm wide, ripens from white to red and then black when mature. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

There are three subspecies, Pinanga auriculata var. auriculata, found only on Borneo, and a few close small islands. Pinanga auriculata var. leucocarpa (loo-koh-KAHRP-ah), found in Malaya, and Thailand. Pinanga auriculata var. merguensis (mehr-goo-EHN-sis), found in Malaya, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand.

Pinanga auriculata: A smallish, solitary palm from rainforests in Sarawak on the island of Borneo with a slender, canelike trunk to about 2 m (7 ft.) tall, holding a sparse crown of light green leaves. Best for the understory of the humid, tropical garden. (

Pinanga auriculata var. leucocarpa: A moderately sized Pinanga from rainforests on the Malay peninsula. It forms a thin, solitary trunk, topped by a pale crownshaft and a small crown of arching leaves with broad, light green leaflets. Its showy burgundy red fruits are held in a dense cluster below the crownshaft. (

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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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