Areca hutchinsoniana

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Pisa, Pitha, Sambulayan, Sacking tree

Habitat and Distribution

Areca hutchinsoniana is found in primary forests at low altitudes in Lanoa and Zamboanga Provinces in Mindanao, and in Basilan.
Photo-Hawiaiian Tropical Botanical Garden.
Considered an endemic species of the Philippines.


Areca hutchinsoniana is a slender, medium sized, solitary Areca to about 4m tall, with a slightly bulging crownshaft, and attractive, dark green leaves, with a stem about 15 centimeters in diameter. Leaves are about a meter long. Fruits are narrowly ellipsoid-oblong or subfusiform, about 3 centimeters long and 9 millimeters in diameter. Editing by edric.


Prefers a warm, sheltered, and moist position.

Comments and Curiosities

Uses: Parts utilized, Buds, Folkloric: Raw terminal bud given to children as vermifuge.

"Rare palm in cultivation - has slightly bulging green crownshaft, single stem and dark, green leaves. From the Philippines." (Geoff Stein)

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, 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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