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Areca catechu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Areceae
Subtribe: Arecinae
Genus: Areca
Type species
Areca catechu [1]

Areca is a genus of about 50 species of palms in the family Arecaceae, found in humid tropical forests from China and India, across the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomon Islands.[1] The generic name Areca is derived from a name used locally on the Malabar Coast of India.


The best-known member of the genus is A. catechu, the areca nut palm.[1] Several species of areca nuts, known for their bitter and tangy taste, raw or dried, are routinely used for chewing, especially in combination with the leaves of betel, and dried leaves of tobacco which is root cause of oral cancer being carcinogenic, and calcium hydroxide (lime). This practice is popular among aged people in southeastern Asia.


See also[edit]

Worldwide areca yield


  1. ^ a b c Charlie D. Heatubun, John Dransfield, Thomas Flynn, Sri S. Tjitrosoedirjo, Johanis P. Mogea & William J. Baker (2012). "A monograph of the betel nut palms (Areca: Arecaceae) of East Malesia". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168 (2): 147–173. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01199.x. 

External links[edit]

Health Benefits of Areca - Air Purifier