Salacca dransfieldiana

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Salacca (SAH-lahk-kah)
Salacca dransfieldiana leaf.jpg
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens, Thailand. Photo by Paul Craft.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Salacca (SAH-lahk-kah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering (soboliferous)
Leaf type: Entire leaf with lacerated margins
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Salacca dransfieldiana is
Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Forestry Palmetum. Salacca dransfieldiana & John Dransfield. Photo by Dr. Scott Zona.
Endemic to Borneo.


A small, clustering palm, with simple notched leaves. It is dioecious, but female plants are unknown, so it is thought that all the existing plants are vegetative offspring of male plants. Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Can tolerate temperatures down to 3°C., but will sustain significant damage. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

This is an extremely rare palm which very little is known. Indigenous to Borneo. It is perhaps best described as resembling a very dwarf version of Salacca magnifica. The most interesting feature or fact concerning this palm is that it is dioecious, meaning for seeds a male and a female plant are necessary. There are no female plants known to exist, so, as in the case of ours, all the existing plants are vegetated offspring of a single parent.

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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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