Salacca magnifica

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Salacca (SAH-lahk-kah)
magnifica (mahg-nih-FEE-kah)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Salacca (SAH-lahk-kah)
magnifica (mahg-nih-FEE-kah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering (soboliferous)
Leaf type: Entire leaf bifid with lacerated margins
Survivability index
Common names
Greater Salak

Habitat and Distribution

Salacca magnifica
Hermínio Simões palm collection and nursery, in Guaratiba, RJ - Photo: Gileno Machado. Photo by Gileno Machado. 2008
is Endemic to Borneo.


Acaulescent (without visible trunk.). The leaves of this palm are 5 meters long, by 70 centimeters wide, and sparsely divided along the margins, whitish grey abaxial (underside). They are a bright glossy green. The inflorescence arise from within the leaves. Fruit; pink.

Very spectacular Salacca this species gets quite large can form entire leaves to 5m long underside whitish large spines run down the petiole to the base and will clump quite thick best in protected wet spot in subtropics likes a thick mulch fertilize in warmer months temperatures from 6.C to 35.C. (Utopis Palms & Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Etymology: Latin magnifica means magnificent, possibly with reference to its leaves.

Salacca magnifica is a clustering palm where stems are short and stout, and may appear stemless (acaulescent). Foliage: Leaves are large, undivivded and bifid (fork-like) at the apex tip of the leaves. Leaves are ascending, stiff and little arched with spiny petiole (about 60 cm long). The blade is usually V-shaped and deeply grooved surfaces due to the margin of the fused pinnate segments. Margin is deeply tooth, especially around the leaf tip. Leaves are glossy green above and silvery green beneath. Flowers: The female inflorescences are erect and spike-like, but mostly pendent fruits develop. Male inflorescence are short and much branched. Fruits: The fruit (about 5 cm long) is pear shaped and covered in deep rose or yellowish brown scales which resemble snake skin.

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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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