Pinanga badia

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
badia (bah-DEE-ah)
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
badia (bah-DEE-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, and Thailand. Tropical Moist Forest.
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity


Clustered understory palm 3 m tall. Stems 2.3 cm in diam., ringed, internodes 10cm long, green with chocolate brown scales. Leaves 6, pinnate, ascending to spreading; sheath 30 cm long, tubular, forming a crownshaft, green with distinctive, pale-centered, chocolate-brown scales 0.3 mm long; petiole 50·90 cm long; rachis 1.8 m long; pinnae 20 on each side of rachis, 38 x 2.5 cm, +/-straight or only slightly falcate, acuminate, regularly inserted, 2-nerved, apical segments truncately praemorse, deeply bifid, lobes 2.5 cm long. Inflorescences 34, infrafoliar, 15·17 cm long; peduncle 3 cm long; prophyll and other bracts not seen; rachillae 3, these 13 cm long, drooping. Flowers in triads of center, later-opening pistillate flanked on each of two sides by earlier-opening staminate, triads close-set, distichously arranged, subtended proximally by a broadly triangular bracteole 1 mm high. Staminate flowers not seen. Pistillate flowers subtended by 2 tooth-like to awl-like, acute bractcoles 1.5 mm high, flowers 2.75 x 3 mm, subglobose; calyx and corolla similar, sepals and petals imbricate to apex, bowl-shaped, broadly rounded; pistil 2.75-3 mm high, ovoid, stigma with 3, thick lobes. Fruits 17 x 8 mm, narrowly ovoid, pinkish. (Henderson, A. 2009) Editing by edric.

Pinanga badia occurs in wet hill forest in southwest peninsular Thailand. It is distinguished from other Pinanga of similar habit, such as P. fractiflexa, P. malaiana, and P. perakensis, by its leaf sheaths with distinctive, chocolate-brown scales and its small, narrow fruits. (Henderson, A. 2009)


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Etymology: The epithet is from the Latin badius, meaning chocolate brown, and refers here to the scales of such color on the leaf sheaths.

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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.

Henderson, A. (2009). Palms of Southern Asia: 1-197. Princeton university press, Princeton and Oxford. 2 Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005).

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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