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Useful Tropical Plants

Hydriastele biakensis

W.J.Baker & Heatubun

Arecaceae

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General Information

Hydriastele biakensis is a single stemmed, robust, evergreen palm with an unbranched stem up to around 15 metres tall and 30cm in diameter; this is topped by a crown of 18 - 24 leaves, each of which is around 3.3 - 3.6 metres long including the petiole[
1974
Title
A monograph of Hydriastele (Areceae, Arecaceae) in New Guinea and Australia
Publication
Phytotaxa 370 (1): 001-092, 2018
Author
Petoe P., Heatubun C.D. & Baker W.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.370.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Hydriastele biakensis has a small range, being restricted to the Biak Islands of New Guinea. Four sub-populations are known, with an estimated total population size of up to 260 individuals, and with the sub-populations on Biak both not exceeding 100 individuals. Further, its habitat is known to be severely degraded on the south coast of Biak where it is persisting as a few scattered individuals, and there is an ongoing threat from deforestation. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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0
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1974
Title
A monograph of Hydriastele (Areceae, Arecaceae) in New Guinea and Australia
Publication
Phytotaxa 370 (1): 001-092, 2018
Author
Petoe P., Heatubun C.D. & Baker W.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.370.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 

Range

Australasia - western New Guinea (Numfoor Island, Biak Island)

Habitat

A canopy tree growing in coastal forest near beaches or on cliff edges, on rugged limestone with very thin or no topsoil[
1974
Title
A monograph of Hydriastele (Areceae, Arecaceae) in New Guinea and Australia
Publication
Phytotaxa 370 (1): 001-092, 2018
Author
Petoe P., Heatubun C.D. & Baker W.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.370.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaf sheaths are used for making baskets[
1974
Title
A monograph of Hydriastele (Areceae, Arecaceae) in New Guinea and Australia
Publication
Phytotaxa 370 (1): 001-092, 2018
Author
Petoe P., Heatubun C.D. & Baker W.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.370.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

The hard outer section of the trunk is split and used for flooring[
1974
Title
A monograph of Hydriastele (Areceae, Arecaceae) in New Guinea and Australia
Publication
Phytotaxa 370 (1): 001-092, 2018
Author
Petoe P., Heatubun C.D. & Baker W.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.370.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed -
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