Pinanga scortechinii

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Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
scortechinii (skor-tehk-IHN-ee)
Hawaii. Photo by Geoff Stein
Scientific Classification
Genus: Pinanga (pih-NAHN-gah)
scortechinii (skor-tehk-IHN-ee)
Pinanga fruticans
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary & clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, and Thailand. Lowland rainforest,
Bukit Tarek FR, Selangor, Malaysia. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Morad.
up to 1000 m. elevation.


A solitary or clustering pinnate palm, to about 5 m, erect stem 4 m. Leaflets are glaucous-green on the underside, and 5 cm in diameter, Pinnate, with leaf sheath forming a well defined crownshaft. 5 - 22 (occasionally as few as 2) linear leaflets per side. Fruit: Ovoid to ellipsoid, up to 1.3 cm long and 1.0 cm wide, black when mature. Editing by edric.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Cold Hardiness Zone10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Tall, tightly clustering regularly pinnate palm from Thailand." (Geoff Stein)

A smallish, clustering palm with green, cane-like stems and beautiful yellow crownshafts, that is native to rainforests on the Malay Peninsula at medium altitudes. (

Pinanga scortechinii var. shamsiah: A new discovery from rainforests on the Malay peninsula, that differs from the regular form by its few, very wide, drooping leaflets. (

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).

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

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