Areca guppyana

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
guppyana (guhp-pih'-YAH-nah)
Areca guppyana seed.jpg
Hawaii.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
Species:
guppyana (guhp-pih'-YAH-nah)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Asia
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Sacred Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Areca guppyana is found in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Trinidad, West Indies.
Trinidad, West Indies.
Of the primary forest.

Description

Endemic to the Solomon Islands, this is a thin trunked solitary, understory palm with short, arching deep green, only partially divided leaves, this species stands on stilt roots. Fruit are deep red and edible (but can be somewhat narcotic, sort of like Areca catechu). Planted on New Guinea around traditional burial grounds. Never gets to be a very tall palm. Editing by edric.

Culture

Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b.

Comments and Curiosities

Trees are planted in sacred places and cemeteries.


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).


Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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