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Dransfieldia micrantha

Only recently placed in a genus of its own, the Latin name of this palm honours a Kew botanist and palm expert.
Inflorescences of Dransfieldia micrantha

Inflorescences of Dransfieldia micrantha

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dransfieldia micrantha (Becc.) W.J.Baker & Zona

Common name: 

None at present.

Conservation status: 

Not currently listed by IUCN, but forest conversion may be a threat to the remaining areas of suitable habitat within its range.

Habitat: 

Lowland rainforest.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Arecales
Family: 
Arecaceae
Genus: Dransfieldia

About this species

Dransfieldia micrantha is a delicate, pinnate-leaved palm found in dense rainforest in New Guinea. It is the only species in the genus Dransfieldia, which was formally named by William Baker of Kew and Scott Zona of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables, FL, USA) in the journal Systematic Botany in 2006. The epithet micrantha means 'small-flowered'.

Genus: 
Dransfieldia

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