Calamus ciliaris

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Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
ciliaris (sil-ee-AHR-iss)
In habitat
Scientific Classification
Genus: Calamus (KAL-ah-muhs)
ciliaris (sil-ee-AHR-iss)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Calamus ciliaris is endemic to Java, and Sumatera.

In habitat


One of the smaller Calamus., clustering, non-climbing, pinnate.


Calamus ciliaris, prefers a half schady site and can withstand temperatures only above 1,2º C. It grows best in sandy or pebbly, loamy soil, sandy clay soil that is moist.

Comments and Curiosities

Calamus uses - Its slender and cylindrical stem, properly worked, is the source of the well known rattan, a valuable and expensive material, much appreciated for the making of furniture, walking-sticks, umbrellas and wickerwork. However, similar products are often made out of stems of many other plants, mostly Gramineae (particularly Bamboos), Juncaceae (rushes) or, finally, out of tender and slender branches of willows (wicker). Editing by edric.

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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