It has been proposed - William J.Baker; A revised delimitation of the rattan genus Calamus (Arecaceae), Phytotaxa 197 (2): 139-152; 2015 - that the genera Ceratolobus, Daemonorops, Pogonotium and Retispatha should all be subsumed into a revised and expanded concept of the genus Calamus. This revised treatment has been accepted in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' and is likely to recieve further acceptance. For the time being, until there is wider acceptance of this change, we are not moving these species across into Calamus. The new name for this species in Calamus will be Calamus oxycoccus W.J.Baker[
Calamus oxycoccus W.J.Baker
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Daemonorops oxycarpa is an evergreen, climbing palm producing a cluster of unbranched stems that grow into the surrounding vegetation[
The stems are commonly gathered from the wild as a local source of basket making and weaving material[
]. They are not valued commercially, however, because they lack a polished surface[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia on the island of Borneo.
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Most species in this genus are more or less vigorous climbing plants in rainforests. In general, they are likely to grow best with their roots in the shade but with enough gap in the canopy to encourage their stems to grow up towards the light. They are also likely to grow best in a humus-rich soil[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The stems are used in basket making, weaving etc[
]. Much used locally because of their great strength and extraordinary toughness, but they are not valued commercially because they lack a fine polished surface[
]. They are often used to attach axe heads to the handle[
]. The sheathed stems are about 25 - 30mm in diameter[
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