Common name: Macarthur Palm, cluster palm, hurricane palm, Macarthur
feather palm;  


Palm for ID : 260511 : AK-3: Taken at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai on the 12th of Feb, 2011.

… a guess, MacArthur palmPtychosperma macarthurii

I found one more picture taken earlier at the same place on the 20th of May, 2007.
Would this help in identifying the palm? 

.. ID is correct. Usually for palms pictures showing stem and leaf characters are useful for ID. 



Is it Bactris gasipaes ?: Is it Bactris gasipaes ?
or variety of betel nut palm Caryota_urens

It looks like Pinanga speciosa



Can it be Ptychosperma macarthurii ?
Date/Time-Oct 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- ?Palm
Height/Length- about 10-12 ft
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- not seen
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-not seen

Can it be Ptychosperma macarthurii
because of the following features shown by the leaves

Coloured medium to dark green, the pinnae or leaflets are linear-shaped and up to 30 cm long, with jagged tips or seemingly torn ends.

I think yes it is Ptychosperma macarthurii. We call it Palem Irian (Papua palm).



ID request-080112-PKA1: Requesting ID for this Palm sp.
Date/Time: 01-01-2012 / 02:00PM
Location: Silvassa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
Habitat: Garden
Plant Habit: Tree
Height: 6 to 7 M.

Macarthur Palm is a palm tree from New Guinea and Australia.
Stems grow in dense clumps or rarely solitary, up to 7 m tall, only 7 cm in diameter, thus appearing bamboo-like.
Leaves are up to 2 m long or more, compound. Leaflets are 23-28 on each side, more or less regularly arranged, with margins nearly parallel or tapered at the tip. Inflorescence are up to 60 cm wide.
Male flowers are 6-8 mm long, with 26-40 stamens.
Fruit is red, ovoid, 12-16 mm long. Seeds are deeply 3-6-grooved.
(Reference: Flowers of India)

Awesome Catch … all features Visible



SYMBIOSIS 66: Attaching an image of the 66th member of the series. In this female of a Koel is eating the fruit of a Palm sp. I don’t know the identity of this sp. Attaching two more images of the plant (fruit and leaf), some friend may identify the Palm sp.

I think it is Ptychosperma macarthurii

… after going through the input from …, I searched Google for Ptychosperma macarthurii. The images there seems to tally with the imges sent by me. I think the specis is Ptychosperma macarthurii.



Palm Tree For ID : Sri Lanka : 110713 : AK-3 :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.
A palm tree seen at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy on 17/11/2010.

MacArthur Palm?
Kindly confirm id.

Ptychosperma macarthuri, but hardly any leaves visible to be sure. More pics should have been given.

Thanks for the id. I agree that I should have taken more pictures.

In such a beautiful place, I could spend very little time. In that time which was available, there were heavy showers.
Also, we had to start off early to reach another place before 3 pm, as later the mist comes up and visibility is reduced.
… had asked me whether I had checked the fragrance of a particular flower. Had written to him, I was almost running from one plant/tree to the other.
No time to check how the picture has come out, check on the fragrance.
Unfortunately, I have just this one picture.



Palm Tree For ID : MNP,Mumbai : 240913 : AK-3 : Attachments (2). 7 posts by 3 authors.
Palm tree seen with White Flowers on 28/7/13 at MNP in Mumbai.

Id please.

Palms are IDd from type of stem and leaves. A distant shot may help.

I will check if  have more pictures.

Slightly like Ptychosperma macarthurii, but I am not sure because there is no complete leaf.

I could not find any more pictures taken on that day.
I have photographed Ptychosperma macarthurii in the same place earlier.
Also, on searching in Google Images, the flowers do match with the above, Mac Arthur Palm.
…, your id seems to be correct.

Adding two more pictures taken at MNP. These were posted on eflora earlier.



Attached are pictures of Ptychosperma macarthurii captured at Hiranandani Powai, Heritage and Lakeview Gardens in January 2013.

Very good display. Thanks for sharing …



MNP, Mumbai.

Common names MacArthur Palm, Cluster Palm.

Requesting to please provide ID of the plant captured at Jijamata Udyan in March 2014.


Ptychosperma macarthurii




Pictures taken at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in Aug,2014.

Could be Macarthur Palm?
For validation.

Ptychosperma, maybe P. macarthurii

I think … is correct.  Ptychosperma macarthurii




IBG today : Arecaceae : unknown07 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7).  

Yes, I think you are right.



june15sk34/39 — Ptychosperma sp. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) 
At the time of photographing I thought these were also fruits of Dypsis, for I didn’t notice leaves then and it was also growing beside those Dypsis, Now, I see it is not Dypsis, but Ptychosperma, may be same species to my IBG record.
I don’t have any more photographs, recorded yesterday.

Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise please as Ptychosperma macarthurii (H.Wendl. ex H.J.Veitch) H.Wendl. ex Hook.f.

Yes, certainly looks like Ptychosperma macarthurii 



Palm Tree for ID : Jijamata Udyan,Mumbai : 250418 : AK-7 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Very old pictures of mine.

Palm tree seen at Rani Bagh or Jijamata Udyan in Mumbai.

Pl. check 

Ptychosperma macarthurii


MS/July/2018/1 – ID of palm tree requested. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Kindly identify the palm tree. The photographs were taken during June 2018 in a private garden.

Pl. check at 

Apparently similar to the Nicobar Palm (Bentinckia nicobarica)!!

To me appears close to images at Ptychosperma macarthurii (H.Wendl. ex H.J.Veitch) H.Wendl. ex Hook.f.
Pl. check.







Chennai– Jan.’09?; May 15, 2010 at 4.25pm IST: Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan premises; a sort of Palm(Samir Takaochi) – indiantreepix | Google Groups DV – 15MAY10 – 0425 :: pencil palm – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Palm FOR ID :: Virajpet, Coorg :: 10 NOV 19 : 16 posts by 5 authors. 5 images.
… at a resort in Virajpet, Coorg

Date: November 10, 2019 … Altitude: about 910 m (3000 ft) asl  

Palm for ID  

Dear friends,
Please help in knowing this palm. I hope the photos show at least some aspects to know the genus. I will be glad to know ID to genus level.  

reminds me of Ptychosperma sp palm. based on the little bit of the stem i see and the leaf. the overall inflorescence would droop once laden with red fruits.

Thanks very much, …, for the hint. Let us wait for one or two validating comments.

of course. i just remember seeing it at green mall nursery. i am not a palm expert, even remotely. one who is … of the green mall of www.
email: palms@ at the website above. another is Palmbob or dr stein at daves garden, who is a palm expert here, i do not know. … perhaps knows

my second choice is Balaka sp palms

Calamus sp.?

Yes, very much possible … Must be. Could be some rattan.
I must have thought of it the way it is planted next to wall for some support.

Pl. check with comparative images at Arecaceae

OK, thanks …

no so easy, is it?

I thought Calamus would be spiny. This one doesnt look spiny!!

Please check with Ptychosperma macarthurii?

I am no palm expert anyways…

I agree with … for Ptychosperma macarthurii as per images and details herein.


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