Ptychosperma burretianum

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Figure 1. P. burretianum new leaf.


Distribution & Habitat:

New Guinea rainforest.


A very attractive, small to medium sized clustering palm, with slender stems to about 5m tall. It has fishtail shaped leaflets, and the emergent leaves are dark red.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Prefers warm sub-tropical or tropical conditions. A popular plant with palm collectors.

Figure 2. P. burretianum
Figure 3. P. burretianum fishtail shaped leaflets.
Figure 4. P. burretianum inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1&2)
Luke Nancarrow (Figure 3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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