Pinanga batanensis

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
batanensis (bah-tah-NEN-sis)
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Flecker Botanic Garden, Cairns, QLD, Australia. 26/09/15 Photo by Russell Cumming.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
batanensis (bah-tah-NEN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Batan Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Batan Islands, Philippines. Tropical Moist Forest.
Flecker Botanic Garden, Cairns, QLD, Australia. 26/09/15 Photo by Russell Cumming.


Solitary to 20 ft, light brown with widely-spaced light gray rings. Crownshaft 2 ft, light silver or grayish green, bulging slightly at base. Leaf pinnate, 6-8 ft., arching, dark green. Fruit teat-shaped, deep orange. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Great looking robust solitary, species of Pinanga from Philippines. Has a large, light green crownshaft as a young palm, but turns a great purply color with age. Flower spathe is a bright, striped structure that looks a bit like a banana. Develops a deeply ringed olive green to grey-silvery trunk. Too bad this is too cold sensitive to grow here in southern California." (Geoff Stein)

A rare species from tiny Batan Island, located halfway between the Philippines and Taiwan. (

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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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