Sommieria leucophylla

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Figure 1. S. leucophylla



S. affinis,
S. elegans

Distribution & Habitat:

Humid lowland rainforest of Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea.


A small, very attractive, understory palm with deeply notched, leathery leaves, which have a distinctive whitish underside.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Requires tropical conditions.

Figure 2. S. leucophylla at Kew Gardens
Figure 3. S. leucophylla at Kew Gardens.

S. leucophylla in habitat, New Guinea

Figure 4. S. leucophylla
Figure 5. S. leucophylla with inflorescence

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz (Figure 1,4&5)
Colin Wilson (Figure 2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk