Calamus (palm)

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Calamus gibbsianus.jpg
Calamus gibbsianus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Calamoideae
Tribe: Calameae
Genus: Calamus
Auct. ex L.

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Calamus is a genus of the palm family Arecaceae. These are among several genera known as rattan palms. There are some 325 species in this genus, all with a palaeotropical distribution. They are mostly leaf-climbers with slender, reedy stems. To aid scrambling some species have evolved hooks on the underside of the midrib, or more commonly by modified pinnae in the form of stout, backward-pointing spines. These stems may grow to lengths of 200 metres. [1]

Calamus australis is known as the hairy mary.


Species include:


  1. ^ Dictionary of Flowering Plants and Ferns - JC Willis (1960)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Calamus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ GRIN: C. tenuis

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