Arenga wightii

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Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
wightii (white'-ee)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Arenga (ah-REN-gah)
wightii (white'-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Height: Up to 6 m tall.
Survivability index
Common names
Wight's Sago Palm, Vernacular names: Tamil: Alam panei, Ala panai, Kattu thengai. Malayalam: Alathil thenga, Alattiltenna, Karampana, Karampanai, Kattu thengu, Kattuthenna, Malan thengu, Malam tengu, Panei. Kannada: Dhadashi. English: Wild Coconut.

Habitat and distribution

Arenga wightiiis endemic to India.
Kannur, India.
Common on steep slopes in low, and medium elevation wet evergreen forests, up to 1500 m. Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.


This is a monoecious palm. Trunk & Bark: Trunk clustering, color grey, densely clothed with the black fibrous remains of the newly opened frond. Leaves: 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. Inflorescence / Flower: Male and female spadices separated, 1 m long. Fruit and Seed : Berry, hard, globose; 2-3 seeded.


Comments and Curiosities

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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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