List of Arecaceae genera

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Alexander palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) in strong wind
Alexander palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) - fruit

This is a list of all the genera in the botanical family Arecaceae, the palm family, based on Baker & Dransfield (2016),[1] which is a revised listing of genera given in the 2008 edition of Genera Palmarum.[2]


This is a list of all the genera in the botanical family Arecaceae, the palm family, arranged by tribes and subtribes within the family.[1]

Genera Palmarum (2008) lists 183 genera.[2] Lanonia, Saribus, and the monotypic genera Jailoloa, Wallaceodoxa, Manjekia,[3] and Sabinaria, which were described after 2008, have also been included below. Ceratolobus, Daemonorops, Pogonotium, Wallichia, Lytocaryum, and the monotypic genera Retispatha, Pritchardiopsis, and Solfia have since been removed from Genera Palmarum (2008) as obsolete genera. This brings the total number of genera to 181 as of 2016.[1]

Subfamily Calamoideae[edit]

Obselete genera:

Subfamily Nypoideae[edit]

Subfamily Coryphoideae[edit]

Obsolete genera:

Subfamily Ceroxyloideae[edit]

Subfamily Arecoideae[edit]

Obsolete genera:

Geographical distributions[edit]

Below are geographical distributions of all the genera in the botanical family Arecaceae, following the 2008 edition of Genera Palmarum (pp. 647-650).[2]

Islands and archipelagos with large numbers of endemic genera include New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island, New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Seychelles, and the Mascarenes.

Old World[edit]


Sub-Saharan Africa (i.e., Africa, but excluding North Africa) has 16 genera and 65 species.[2]

New World[edit]

There are 65 genera and 730 species in the New World.[2]

Extinct genera[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Baker, William J.; Dransfield, John (2016). "Beyond Genera Palmarum: progress and prospects in palm systematics". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 182 (2): 207–233. doi:10.1111/boj.12401.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dransfield, John; Uhl, Natalie W.; Asmussen, Conny B.; Baker, William J.; Harley, Madeline M.; Lewis, Carl E. (2008). Genera Palmarum: The Evolution and Classification of Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 978-1-84246-182-2.
  3. ^ Heatubun, Charlie D.; Zona, Scott; Baker, William J. (2014). "Three new genera of arecoid palm (Arecaceae) from eastern Malesia". Kew Bulletin. 69 (3). doi:10.1007/s12225-014-9525-x. S2CID 24848021.

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