Iguanura asli C.K.Lim, Gard. Bull. Singapore 48: 28 (1998)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Malayapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Johor, Pahang, Terengganu; not rare, in low hill forests, riverine swamp. (Lim C.K. 1996. Unravelling Iguanura Bl. (Palmae) in Peninsular Malaysia. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 48: 2-64)A

Discussion

  • This is indeed a widespread species found from Terengganu to Johor where it might have been taken to be a form of I. wallichiana although it is usually within I. geonomiformis erritory. lndeed the habit and leaf variations are visually more similar to the latter. We later recalled that we had found and photographed examples in other locations, mainly within Johor. which we had assumed to be I. wallichiana. There have indeed been earlier collections, and within the Singapore Herbarium, Holttum's specimen (9476) is an example. Kiew's observations on fruit colour variations in her ssp. malaccensis, (Kiew 1976: 221) is obviously of this new species. In the Rompin area, the brilliant candy pink fruit often rivals adjacent Licuala ferruginea not only in colour. but sometimes in size and robustness of the rachillae and fruit. The inflorescence, although variable. is apparently distinct from the other taxa, usually curled among the leaf petioles, with the peduncles mainly enclosed within the leaf sheath. (Lim C.K. 1996. Unravelling Iguanura Bl. (Palmae) in Peninsular Malaysia. Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 48: 2-64)A

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