Areca montana

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Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
montana (mohn-TAHN-ah)
Photo-Rare Palm
Scientific Classification
Genus: Areca (ah-REHK-ah)
montana (mohn-TAHN-ah)
A. latiloba.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Areca montana is native to rainforests in;
Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo by Michael
Java, Malaya, Sumatera, and Thailand.


Areca montana is an small, solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm that can grow up to 5 metres tall. The unbranched stem is up to 5 cm in diameter, topped by a crown of leaves each around 2 metres long. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its seed, which is seen as an inferior substitute for the betel nut (Areca catechu). It is sometimes planted in graveyards for ornamental purposes

These palms, are endemic to the rain forest of Pailin Cambodia, that borders Thailand, but grows all over the Maylay Peninsula. A medium sized, solitary palm to about 3 m tall, with a small head of leaves. It has a greeen trunk. Trunk to about 8 cm wide. Palms grow just like Areca Triandra. Editing by edric.


Prefers a warm, sheltered position in a moist soil.

Comments and Curiosities

This taxon is not universally accepted. It is treated as a synonym of Areca triandra Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham., in Henderson, A. (2009). Palms of Southern Asia: 1-197. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford.

Edible Uses: The seeds are used as an inferior substitute for those of areca palm (Areca catechu). These uses are as follows:-

Seed - raw. The seed has mild narcotic properties, it is widely used in some areas of the tropics as a masticatory, being mixed with the leaves of a pepper plant (Piper betle), a gum and, often, lime . Betel seeds contain tannins and alkaloids - these stimulate saliva flow, accelerate heart and perspiration rates, suppress hunger and offer positive protection against intestinal worms

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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