Johannesteijsmannia altifrons

Johannesteijsmannia altifrons

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.

Synonym:

Teysmannia altifrons

Common names:

Diamond Joey Palm, Joey Palm, Umbrella Leaf Palm

Origin:

Thailand, Malaysia, western Sarawak, western Kalimantan and Sumatra
Grows in under-wood in rainforest

Johannesteijsmannia altifrons size

Johannesteijsmannia altifrons size

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10, 0 °C

Soil:

Rich, well drained

Height:

6 m

Flowering:

Hermaphrodite: a single specimen produces viable seed. Insignificant inflorescence



Propagation:

Seed

Exposure:

Shade

Johannesteijsmannia altifrons leaves

Johannesteijsmannia altifrons leaves

Germination:

3 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak for 1 day in tepid water
  • sow in light mix
  • 35 °C during the day, 25 °C during the night

Care:

  • needs a place in the shade
  • very susceptible to root damage when repotting, careless handling will kill the plant easily

Image sources

  • Johannesteijsmannia altifrons: Clivid
  • Johannesteijsmannia altifrons size: Clivid
  • Johannesteijsmannia altifrons leaves: Drew Avery

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