Pinanga polymorpha

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
polymorpha (pohl-ee-MOHR-fah)
Thailand. Photo by Philippe Alvarez
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
polymorpha (pohl-ee-MOHR-fah)
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Native Continent
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Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
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Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, Thailand.
Thailand. Photo by Philippe Alvarez



Comments and Curiosities

A variable dwarf species that is particularly beautiful. It is multistemmed, has a brightly colored crownshaft (yellow with reddish brown fur) and reaches a little over 2 m (7 ft.) tall. Its wide leafblades have only two to three broad leaflets per side and are dark green above with an attractive yellowish mottling, and grayish waxy below. Pinanga polymorpha is native to montane rainforest in Malaysia and Thailand. In cultivation it prefers shady, moist spots in the understorey and will do well in tropical and subtropical climates. It also makes a very attractive potted plant. Seeds are guaranteed to be absolutely fresh and will be shipped moist to ensure viability. (

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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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