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Wanga Palm, White Wanga Palm
Pigafetta filaris

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pigafetta (pig-uh-FET-uh) (Info)
Species: filaris




over 40 ft. (12 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year



Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hana, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is probably a zone 12 palm. The only place they survive in the USA are Southern Florida and Hawaii. Its along shot in CA, but if you could definatley come up with some creative microlimate to get it to survive, like using the dish you see at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, but otehrwise impossible. One person tried it in Ventura and theres died by November.


On Feb 9, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a spectacular palm and probably one of the fastest growing palms in the world (3' of solid trunk a year). It has intensely spiny leaf bases, the spines being a bit pale in coloration giving the palm a sort of 'blonde' look. The spines are arranged in linear jagged rows that give a zebra look to the palm. The trunk is a light-green ringed trunk and is straight as a telephone pole. The leaves are arching and have long, wide, slightly pendulous leaflets. The whole look is incredibly tropical and ornamental.

Since the USDA currently lists Hawaii as zone 11, I will keep it as a zone 11 plant for now