Areca caliso

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
caliso (kah-LIHS-oh)
Floribunda Nursery, Hawaii. Photo by Geoff Stein.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
caliso (kah-LIHS-oh)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Areca caliso is endemic to the Philippines, where it occurs in mountainous
Floribunda Nursery, Hawaii. Photo by Geoff Stein.
rainforest, mainly along stream at elevations of 1000 to 3000 feet.


This solitary-trunked species grows to about twenty five feet tall in it's habitat. newer sections of trunk are light green, have widely spaced light colored rings of leaf base scars. The dark green crownshaft is two feet tall, and no wider than the trunk, except at its base where it bulges slightly. The eight foot long leaves, are mostly ascending, the large leaflets are three feet long, and grow from the rachis, at a slight angle. T species is not cold tolerant, as is typical of this Genera. Editing by edric.


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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