Johannesteijsmannia altifrons or Joey Palm is a sublime palm with diamond shaped leaves, pleated along their length. They can be as long as 6 m, are undivided and very leathery.
This palm has no trunk. The inflorescence is insignificant.
Originally from Asia where it grows in the under-wood. Endangered by deforestation and harvesting of leaves and seed.
Resists to 0 °C, which is quite astonishing for a tropical palm from the rainforest.
The name was given in honor of Johannes Elias Teysmann, a Dutch botanist who worked in Indonesia in the early 19th century.
Diamond Joey Palm, Joey Palm, Umbrella Leaf Palm
Thailand, Malaysia, western Sarawak, western Kalimantan and Sumatra
Grows in under-wood in rainforest
USDA Zone 10, 0 °C
Rich, well drained
Hermaphrodite: a single specimen produces viable seed. Insignificant inflorescence
- soak for 1 day in tepid water
- sow in light mix
- 35 °C during the day, 25 °C during the night
- needs a place in the shade
- very susceptible to root damage when repotting, careless handling will kill the plant easily