Bentinckia condapanna

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Figure 2. Young B. condapanna


Common Names:

Lord Bentinck's Palm

Conservation Status:

[[www.iucnredlist.orgsearchdetails.php38449all" Threatened

Distribution & Habitat:

Endemic to slopes in moist evergreen hill forest in the southern Western Ghats, southern India.


A medium sized solitary pinnate palm to about 10m with a sparse crown of arching fronds.


This palm was named in the honor of Lord William Gavendish Bentick (Governor of Madras, India 1803-1807).

This was once a common palm but has been reduced to rarity by land clearing, as well as being eaten by elaphants, which like the palm's cabbage.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position.

Figure 1. B. condapanna adult plant.
Figure 3. B. condapanna infructescence

Contributed by:

Sundaram R. (Figure 1,2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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