Areca concinna

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
concinna (KOHN-seen-nah)
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Near Sinharaja Rainforest, Nelluwa Sri Lanka, photo by Guenter Prinz.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
Species:
concinna (KOHN-seen-nah)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Asia
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Morphology
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Lane Puwak, Lane thari; (Sinhala), Lane Puwak or Lane Thary-i ( Lane mean Squirrel in Sinhalese Puwak = Catechu or Betel Nut)

Habitat and Distribution

Areca concinna is endemic to the lowland
Dodanduwa Sri Lanka, photo by Guenter Prinz
rainforests of Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Description

Rare species from Sri Lanka, related to the famous Betel Nut palm. A medium sized clustering palm, with attractive, bright green leaves. Very similar to A. triandra . Seeds are used in Sri Lanka as a Betel Nut substitute. Rarely seen in cultivation (most plants sold as A. concinna are actually A. triandra). Editing by edric.

Culture

Seeds are used in Sri Lanka as a Betel Nut substitute. Warm, sheltered and very moist. Rarely seen in cultivation (most plants sold as A. concinna are actually A. triandra).

Comments and Curiosities

Often confused with Areca triandra, bbut it has a narrower stem, and the flowers are not as fragrant.


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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