Ptychosperma elegans (Solitaire palm) – Tube stock


Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m.
Grows as an understory plant in lowland and upland rain forest.

10 in stock



Grows up to 12 m tall but usually flowers and fruits when much smaller. Stem solitary.

Leaves to 3.3 m long, pinnate with 30-60 leaflets on each side of midrib and to 84 cm long.

Inflorescence 65-70 cm long bearing flowers in groups of three consisting of two male and one female flower. Male flowers with sepals 3, c. 1.5-2 mm long, light green; petals 3, c. 6 mm long, light green; stamens 12-22 per flower; ovarystyle and stigma always well developed but the ovules are absent in the male flowers. Female flowers with sepals 3, 2.5 x 2-.5 mm, green; petals 3, 5 x 2.5 mm, green; c. 6 staminodes present; stigma 1 mm llong, recurved.

Fruits globose to ellipsoid, 9-15 mm long x 8-10 mm diam.; red when mature. Seed 10-11 mm long, 5-angled.

Seed germination time 79 days. First pair of leaves compound with two broad-based, sessile, longitudinally veined leaflets. Apices praemorse. Leaf blades about 3-6.5 x 1.5-3 cm, petioles about 3.5 cm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf compound with two broad-based, sessile, longitudinally veined leaflets. Apices praemorse.


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