Pinanga mirabilis

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
mirabilis (mihr-ah-BIHL-iss)
Ladan Hills, Brunei Darussalam, Borneo. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
mirabilis (mihr-ah-BIHL-iss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Bifid & divided.
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).
Photo: Société Palmophile Francophone


P. malaiana var. barramensis differs from P. mirabilis only in the dissection of the leaf blade; in the former it is irregularly pinnatisect, in the latter entire. In the field, as in the Lambir Hills National Park, populations occur with both entire- and pinnate-leaved individuals. P. malaiana var. barramensis is thus reduced to P. mirabilis which although closely related to P. malaiana var. malaiana I still consider to be distinct in its habit, leaf-costa orientation, rachillae, flowers and fruit. (J. Dransfield. 1991)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

Clustering palm, with long upward pointing leaves, giving it a shuttlecock-like appearance. occasionally single stemed, but will usually have a few small undeveloped suckers at the base. The leaves can either be bifid (entire) or divided.


Comments and Curiosities

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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).

J. Dransfield, Notes on Pinanga (Palmae) in Sarawak. 1991. 1991. Notes on Pinanga (Palmae) in Sarawak. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 691-698.

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

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