Areca triandra

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Areca triandra
Areca triandra 三药槟榔 (天問) 001.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Areca
Species: A. triandra
Binomial name
Areca triandra
Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham.

Areca triandra (wild areca palm) is a palm which is often used as ornamental plant. It is native to India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is also reportedly naturalized in Panama and in southern China.[1]

Description[edit]

  • Stems : clustered, 1.5–4(–7) m tall; stems slender, green, 3–5 cm, with stilt roots.
  • Leaves : slightly drooping, 1-1.8 m long; sheaths forming a swollen, green crown shaft; petiole slender; leaflets 0.3–1 m long, 3.5–5 cm wide.
  • Inflorescences : 15–30 × 5–15 cm; prophyll 30 cm long. Flowers ♂ cream-coloured with a strong lemon fragrance, 2.5 mm long; ♀ globose, cream-coloured, 7.5 mm long.
  • Fruits : 2.5 cm long, with a prominently beaked tip, ripening to orange, then to scarlet.

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