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Pinanga Andamanensis

  • Category
    Miscellaneous
  • Published
    30th May, 2020

Pinanga Andamanensis, a rare palm endemic to the South Andaman Island is finding a second home at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

  • Pinanga Andamanensis, a rare palm endemic to the South Andaman Island is finding a second home at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
  • It is a rare palm endemic to South Andaman Island. It is an IUCN critically endangered species and one of the least known among the endemic palms of the Andaman Islands.
  • Its entire population of some 600 specimens naturally occurs only in a tiny, evergreen forest pocket in South Andaman’s Mount Harriet National Park.

    Mount Harriet National Park:

    • Established in 1969, Mount Harriet National Park is located in the south of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
    • It is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago next to Saddle Peak in North Andaman and Mount Thuillier in Great Nicobar.


  • The name is derived from ‘Penang’, the modern-day Malaysian state. “Penang itself has its origins in ‘Pulau Pinang’, which means ‘Island of the Areca Nut Palm,’.
  • It has a small gene poolwhich means the species is vulnerable to natural calamities such as cyclones, earthquakes.
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