Ptychosperma caryotoides

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Figure 2. P. caryotoides infructescence.



Central highlands of New Guinea.


Small, (to 9m) single stemmed palm, with a whitish crownshaft, and wedge-shaped leaftlets on arching leaves.


Very variable in size. Some plants have been known to fruit at only 1m high.


An attractive plant and fairly easy to grow, although apparantly rare in cultivation.

Figure 1. P. caryotoides in East Sepik, PNG.
Figure 3. P. caryotoides - close-up of the leaflets.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
(Figure 1,2&3)

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