Oncosperma horridum is a slender, tall, clump-forming palm, with usually 6 - 12 mature stems per clump[
The plant is particularly valued in its native range for its edible, apical bud which is gathered from the wild. The tree also provides a useful timber.
Southeastern Asia - Malaysia to Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines.
Valleys or hill slopes in rainforests at elevations up to 1,500 metres with their crowns sometimes reaching up to the canopy of the rainforest[
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Plants succeed in moist tropical climates where temperatures never fall below 10Â°c, the average annual rainfall is 1,500mm or more and the driest month has 25mm or more rain[
Plants grow well in full sun, even when small[
The apical bud is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. One of the most prized amongst palms in the region[
]. Removing the bud effectively kills the trunk since it is unable to produce side branches. However, since this is a clump-forming species, it is possible to eat some buds from a clump without killing the clump.
Fruit - occasionally eaten[
Wood - stronger and more durable than most other palms[
]. Especially durable in water[
]. It is used for house construction, especially for the foundation piles of elevated houses, and is also split into planks for flooring, boat building etc[
Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in warm water and sow in containers. Fresh seed can germinate in under 2 months[
Division of suckers[
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