Areca insignis

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
insignis (in-SIG-niss)
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Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Malasia.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
insignis (in-SIG-niss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Areca insignis is found in the rainforests of
Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Malasia. Photo by Jack Sayer
northwestern Borneo.



Warm, sheltered and moist.

Comments and Curiosities

There are two subspecies; Areca insignis var. insignis, Borneo, and surrounding islands. Areca insignis var. moorei, Borneo, and surrounding islands.

A small palm from the undergrowth of rainforest in northwestern Borneo. The few flat, arching leaves hold narrow leaflets that are angled towards the base of the leaf and are longest towards the tip. A palm essentially for a protected spot in the tropical garden. (

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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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