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|Scientific Name||Arenga wightii Griff.|
Flowering class: Monocot
Monoecious palm, trunk up to 6 m tall.
Trunk grey, densely clothed with the black fibrous remains of the leaf sheaths.
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.
Male and female spadices separated, 1 m long.
Berry, hard, globose; 2-3 seeded.
Monoecious palms; trunk to 6 m tall, covered with persistent leafsheaths, caudex 10-15 m across. Leaves pinnatisect, to 8 m long; leaflets to 100 x 5 cm, linear, base auricled, glaucous below; petiole to 3 m long. Spadices to 1 m long, basipetal; male flowers orbicular; stamens many, free. Female flowers: tepals 6, biseriate, similar, accrescent; ovary 3-celled. Fruit globose.
Flowering and fruiting: July-September
Common on steep slopes in low and medium elevation wet evergreen forests, up to 1500 m.
State - Kerala, District/s: Palakkad, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikkode, Wayanad, Kasaragode
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.
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