Pinanga perakensis

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
perakensis (peh-rah-KEN-sis)
Thailand. Photo by Chalermchart Soorangura
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
perakensis (peh-rah-KEN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Che luang (เจหลวง) (Peninsular Thailand)

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, Thailand. Distribution: S. Pen. Thailand to Pen. Malaysia. Lowland or montaine
Fraser's Hill FR, Pahang, Malaysia. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Morad
rain forest, ridges in lower montane forest, 900-1300 m. elevation; widespread distribution in Peninsular Malaysia.


Stems clustered, to 2.5 m tall, 1.5–4 cm in diameter, reddish. Leaves pinnate; sheaths 20–45 cm long, yellow or orange with reddish-brown or purple hairs; petioles 25–60 cm long; rachis 1.8–2 m long; pinnae 15–23 per side of rachis, light grey abaxially, linear, regularly arranged, closely spaced, the middle ones 45–75 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide. Inflorescences pendulous; peduncles 1–1.4 cm long, 0.3–0.4 cm wide; rachis about 0.5 cm long; rachillae 3–7, 5–8 cm long, straight, rectangular in cross-section, glabrous; triads arranged distichously, superficial on the rachillae. Male flowers about 3.5 mm long, not pedicellate; sepals about 3.5 mm long, triangular, joined at the base; petals about 3 mm long, triangular; stamens 6; female flowers about 3 mm long; sepals about 2 mm long, rounded at the apices, ciliate; petals about 2 mm long, ciliate. Fruits oblong to ellipsoid, to 2 cm long and 1 cm in diameter, ripening pink to black. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

Rarely offered for sale, this densely clustering Pinanga from Thailand and Malaysia, grows to about 3 metres and has most striking orange stems and leafsheaths. Will grow best in humid tropical climates and is tolerant of drier conditions than other Pinanga species. (

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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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