Pinanga pilosa

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
pilosa (pih-LOH-sah)
Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
pilosa (pih-LOH-sah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Montane regions of Sabah. Tropical Moist Forest.
Malaysia, Botanická zahrada - Mt. Kinabalu. Photo by Zdeněk Hašek


Clustering palm, thin stems (diameter 0.5-1 cm). Leaves pinnate.

These two species were among several described by Burret in a new genus Pseudopinanga; other taxa were transferred there from Pinanga. Pseudopinanga was separated from Pinanga on the single character difference of the united calyx of the pistillate flower in the new genus, and the separate calyx lobes in Pinanga. I follow Moore (1973) in regarding this as insufficient grounds for splitting the genus Pinanga; furthermore intermediate states are observable. Although Moore (l.c.) has included Pseudopinanga in Pinanga, there has been no transfer of those species first described in Pseudopinanga to Pinanga. P. aristata and P. pilosa are here formally transferred (see also notes under Pinanga albescens). P. pilosa may well be conspecific with P. trichoneura Becc. ex Martelli, based on Hallier 3163 from Amai Ambit in Western Borneo; unfortunately the type, supposedly in Bogor, has not been traced, and the fragment in Florence is too small to be of help in elucidating this. I have therefore preferred to continue to use Burret's name until the type of P. trichoneura is found. The other species described as new in Pseudopinanga are best not transferred to Pinanga until they are either recollected or duplicate specimens located and re-examined. (J. Dransfield. 1980)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.


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).

Dransfield, J.1980. Systematic Notes on Pinanga (Palmae) in Borneo. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 769-788.

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

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