Areca laosensis

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
laosensis (lah-ohs-EN-sis)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
laosensis (lah-ohs-EN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Chocolate Palm, Thai. names, Mak cha-wax, Mak lor-ka-tern.

Habitat and Distribution

Areca laosensis is found in Laos, and
Cambodia. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads


A little-known species native to rainforests on the Laos, Thailand boarder, also can be found in Cambodia. It grows a thin, ringed, smooth reddish trunk (often clusters to three stems), to about 5 m (16 ft.) tall, a spread of 2 m, with a green crownshaft, topped by a small crown of sparsely pinnate leaves, inflorescence is a pinkish-yellow. Fruit: 1-3.5 cm. in diam. Editing by edric.


Sun Requirements: Partial shade to full shade, Soil Requirements: Moist and well drained. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b.

Comments and Curiosities

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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