Arenga wightii

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Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
wightii (white'-ee)
Arenga wightii 2.jpg
Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Thailand.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
Species:
wightii (white'-ee)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Asia
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Morphology
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Height: Up to 6 m tall.
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Wight's Sago Palm, Vernacular names : Tamil: Alam panei, Ala panai, Kattu thengai. Malayalam: Alathil thenga, Alattiltenna, Karampana, Karampanai, Kattu thengu, Kattuthenna, Malan thengu, Malam tengu, Panei. Kannada: Dhadashi. English: The Wild Coconut.

Habitat and distribution

Arenga wightiiis endemic to India. Common on steep slopes in low, and medium elevation wet evergreen forests, up to 1500 m. Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Thailand.

Description

This is a monoecious palm. Trunk & Bark: Trunk clustering, color grey, densely clothed with the black fibrous remains of the newly opened frond. Leaves: Leaves compound, pinnate, 3.5-8 m long; leaflets to 30-100 cm x 2-2.5 cm, linear ensiform, apical one often confluent and obconic, apex narrowed, sometimes shortly, unequally 2-lobed, base asymmetricaly auricled, dark green above, glaucous beneath, margin entire or toothed in the upper half. Inflorescence / Flower: Male and female spadices separated, 1 m long. Fruit and Seed : Berry, hard, globose; 2-3 seeded. Editing by edric.

Culture

Comments and Curiosities

External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

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