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Arenga hookeriana

Family Name: Arecaceae (Palmae)
Synonyms: Acanthophoenix hookerianum
Common Name: Hooker Fishtail Palm, Hooker's Sugar Palm, Sri-Sa-Yarm
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Simple Suckering Trunks Palm


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Palm (Cluster Palm)
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 1.8 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1.6 m


Native Distribution Thailand & Malaysia

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A small, relatively fast-growing, clumping palm with multiple cane-like stems.
Foliage Fronds are either simple or shortly-pinnate, up to 0.6m long. Leaves or leaflets undivided, paddle-shaped, with deeply-lobed and sharply-toothed margins, green and glossy on the upper surface and silvery or whitish beneath.
Others - Plant Morphology Flower: Flowers creamy white to orange, emerging as simple, erect spikes in clusters from the nodes. Fruit: Fruits reddish orange when ripe, globular, about 1 cm across, each subtended by a persistent orange calyx.
Cultivation Tolerates poor soils but prefer well-drained soils. Propagate by seeds (seeds take 8 to 16 weeks to germinate) and division.
Etymology Genus epithet 'Arenga' derives from the Javanese name aren, used for a palm of this genus. Species epithet 'hookeriana' is named after J.D. Hooker, 19th century English botanist.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Shape(s) Palm Fronds (Simple)
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.0 (Palm - Cluster)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Trunk Type (Palm) Suckering Trunks, Aboveground

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Orange

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Orange

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Master ID 1299
Species ID 2592
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.