Reinhardtia elegans

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Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
elegans (EL-eh-ganz)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Reinhardtia (rine-HARD-tee-ah)
elegans (EL-eh-ganz)
Reinhardtia spinigera (1949)
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary, but caespitose.
Leaf type: Bifid, lower leaves with one division, serrated leaf edges.
Survivability index
Common names
Palmito (Honduras)

Habitat and Distribution

Mexico. Atlantic slope in southern Mexico (Oaxaca Chiapas), and Honduras
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand. Photo by Dr. Scott Zona.
(Olancho), evergreen forest, at 1000-1600 m elevation.


Stem Solitary but caespitose (growing in tufts or clumps), 2.5-6 m tall, and 4 cm in diameter. Leaves 10-12 in the crown; leaflets 38-40 per side, linear, regularly arranged, and spreading in the same plane. Inflorescence with a 1 m long peduncle; flowering branches 4-9, the lower ones sometimes bifurcate; fruit elipsoid 1.6-1.8 cm long, and 0.9-1.2 cm in diameter, purple-black; seeds with deeply ruminate endosperm. (Dr. Andrew J. Henderson) Editing by edric.

Special note: Easily mistaken for a species of Chamaedorea, but differs in it's fibrous leaf sheath, bifid leaflets with unequal tips, and single peduncular bract. (Dr. Andrew J. Henderson)


Comments and Curiosities

External Links


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).

Dr. Andrew J. Henderson, Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas.

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

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