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Pinanga (family Palmae) A genus of palms which grow in forest undergrowth and are locally abundant. They are solitary or form clumps. The leaves are entire or pinnate and the crown-shaft is prominent. The inflorescence is simple or sparsely branched, two male flowers flanking a female. The fruiting spikes and fleshy fruits are of bright, contrasting colours. There are about 120 species, occurring from India to Taiwan and New Guinea.