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Useful Tropical Plants

Iguanura geonomiformis

Mart.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Iguanura malaccensis Becc.

Iguanura wallichiana elatior Kiew

Iguanura wallichiana malaccensis (Becc.) Kiew

Slackia geonomiformis (Mart.) Griff.

Common Name:

Iguanura geonomiformis
Drawings of the plant, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: Martius, C.F.P. von, Historia Naturalis Palmarum, vol. 3: t. 178 (1850)
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General Information

Iguanura geonomiformis is a clump-forming, evergreen palm producing a small cluster of unbranched stems up to 5 metres tall and 2 - 3cm thick. Each stem is topped by a crown of steeply ascending leaves[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia

Habitat

Undergrowth of rain forest along streams, pools and other damp sites, often in waterlogged soils; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The seeds are used as an inferior substitute for those of areca palm (Areca catechu L.)[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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The apical bud of leaves is edible[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Fruit - raw[
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Title
Indigenous Edible Plants of Sabah
Publication
Forest Research Centre Publication No. 25
Author
Lee Y.F. & Gibot A.
Publisher
Forest Research Centre; Sabah, Malaysia.
Year
1986
ISBN
 
Description
A list of native edible plants in Sabah, Malaysia.
]. A bitter flavour[
892
Title
Indigenous Edible Plants of Sabah
Publication
Forest Research Centre Publication No. 25
Author
Lee Y.F. & Gibot A.
Publisher
Forest Research Centre; Sabah, Malaysia.
Year
1986
ISBN
 
Description
A list of native edible plants in Sabah, Malaysia.
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Medicinal

The roots and leaves have been taken by women as a contraceptive[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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