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Useful Tropical Plants

Laccosperma secundiflorum

(P.Beauv.) Kuntze

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Ancistrophyllum secundiflorum (P.Beauv.) H.Wendl.

Calamus secundiflorus P.Beauv.

Laccosperma laurentii (De Wild.) J.Dransf.

Laccosperma majus (Burret) J.Dransf.

Neoancistrophyllum secundiflorum (P.Beauv.) Rauschert

Common Name: Large Rattan

Laccosperma secundiflorum
Stem and leaves
Photograph by: J. Lowe
Image credit to Palmweb
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General Information

Large rattan is a climbing palm that clambers through the trees of the jungle and can produce long stems of 35 metres or more and up to 3 cm in diameter[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The plant is much utilized by local people for food and a wide range of commodities, whilst the canes are also traded for making baskets etc.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Western tropical Africa - Cameroon.

Habitat

Wet forests[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Properties

HabitClimber
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the humid tropics.

Edible Uses

The terminal buds are cooked as a vegetable[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

The stems are tapped for their sap which is used as a drink[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems are used for a variety of purposes including basket making, hut building and weaving[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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