Chuniophoenix nana

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Figure 1. C. nana



Chuniophoenix humilis

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in open forest in Southern China and Vietnam.


A very attractive, small, suckering fan palm to about 1.5m tall, with stems/canes of about 2cm diameter and costapalmate leaves of around 35 cm diameter. It has hermaphroditic or bi-sexual flowers borne on intra-foliar inflorescences (i.e. both male and female parts are present in the same flower and only one plant is needed for reproduction) and hence self-fertilisation can take place. It has clusters of orange-red fruits.


C. nana is an easy to grow cold hardy palm that prefers a high pH soil, and light shade, (but can tolerate low light). Likes it moist. Slow growing. Makes a very good pot plant.

Figure 2. C. nana at Kew Gardens
Figure 3. C. nana stem and inflorescence.
Figure 4. C. nana inflorescence
Figure 5. C. nana with immature fruit.

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1,2&3)
Ian Edwards (Figure 4&5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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