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Useful Tropical Plants

Areca montana

Ridl.

Arecaceae


This taxon is not universally accepted. It is treated as a synonym of Areca triandra Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham., in Henderson, A. (2009). Palms of Southern Asia: 1-197. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford[
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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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+ Synonyms

Areca latiloba Ridl.

Areca recurvata Hodel

Common Name:

Areca montana
Inflorescence and developing fruit
Photograph by: John Dransfield
Image credit to Palmweb

General Information

Areca montana is an small, solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm that can grow up to 5 metres tall. The unbranched stem is up to 5cm in diameter, topped by a crown of leaves each around 2 metres long[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its seed, which is seen as an inferior substitute for the betel nut (Areca catechu). It is sometimes planted in graveyards for ornamental purposes[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Hill forest, at elevations up to 750 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a warm, sheltered position in a moist soil[
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Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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Edible Uses

The seeds are used as an inferior substitute for those of areca palm (Areca catechu)[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. These uses are as follows:-

Seed - raw. The seed has mild narcotic properties, it is widely used in some areas of the tropics as a masticatory, being mixed with the leaves of a pepper plant (Piper betle), a gum and, often, lime[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
,
297
Title
Palms of the World
Publication
 
Author
Blombery. A. & Rodd. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson
Year
1992
ISBN
0-207-14848-1
Description
An excellent guide, well illustrated, with information on cultivation, uses, habitat etc of almost 200 species of Palms.
]. Betel seeds contain tannins and alkaloids - these stimulate saliva flow, accelerate heart and perspiration rates, suppress hunger and offer positive protection against intestinal worms[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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