Wallichia oblongifolia

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Figure 1. W. oblongifolia base, and inflorescence.


Common Names:

Wallich's Dwarf Fishtail Palm
Himalayan Dwarf Fishtail Palm

Conservation Status:

Rare in habitat.

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in humid forests in China, Yunnan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh (Gharwal Himalaya) where it grows up to elevations of 1600m.


A small, clustering palm to about 2m tall, with dark green, arching fronds, which are bright silvery-white underneath and are divided into fishtail-like leaflets.


Warm, sheltered, and moist. Tolerant of light frost. A good indoor plant.

Figure 2. W. oblongifolia
Figure 3. W. oblongifolia

Contributed by:

Carlo Morici (Figure 1)
Mike Gray (Figure 2&3)

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