Areca macrocalyx var. 'Marie'

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
macrocalyx (mahk-roh-KAH-liks)
var. 'Marie'
Arec Macro tr.jpg
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
macrocalyx (mahk-roh-KAH-liks)
var. 'Marie'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Areca macrocalyx var. 'Marie' is found in the Bismarck Archipelago,
Red crownshaft form. Papua New Guinea. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Maluku, New Guinea, Solomon Is. Montane Rainforest. Timika, on the southwestern coast of Western New Guinea,(formerly Irian Jaya).


This is a red form of Areca macrocalyx from PNG that was introduced into cultivation by Maria Boggs, this species grows best in the tropics and will not tolerate temps below 5 C.


Growing Climate: Filtered light. Very attractive will grow in the subtropics but must have a protected area free from cold, dry winds and frost. Grows best in full sun or in a shaded position in a FROST FREE area and seems to handle most soil types but does best in well drained rich soils, watered 2 or 3 times a week with a nice thick mulch to help hold the moisture in the ground, and fertilizer once a year in the warmer months Temps 6c to 40C. This species is from PNG lowlands.

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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