Pinanga maculata

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Figure 1. P. maculata at Flecker Botan1c Gardens, Cairns.



P. barnesii, Ptychosperma maculatum

Common Names:

Tiger Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Widely distributed in humid rainforests throughout the Philippines, from low through to high altitudes.


A very attractive solitary palm to about 5m tall, with purplish/brown crownshaft. Leaves are up to 2m long, with irregularly spaced leaflets, dark green above with large irregular areas of lighter green ("Tiger" stripes).


Very popular with palm collectors.


Warm, sheltered, and moist, altho it can take night-time temps down to 5°C.

Figure 2. P. maculata
Figure 3. Young plant of P. maculata
Figure 4. P. maculata - note the mottled leaves.

Contributed by:

Peter Richardson (Figure 1&2)
Colin Wilson (Figure 3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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