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Useful Tropical Plants

Myrialepis paradoxa

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Bejaudia cambodiensis Gagnep.

Calamus paradoxus Kurz

Myrialepis floribunda (Becc.) Gagnep.

Myrialepis scortechinii Becc.

Palmijuncus paradoxus (Kurz) Kuntze

Plectocomiopsis annulata Ridl.

Plectocomiopsis floribunda Becc.

Plectocomiopsis paradoxa (Kurz) Becc.

Plectocomiopsis scortechinii (Becc.) Ridl.

Common Name:

Myrialepis paradoxa
Fruits
Photograph by: John Dransfield
Image credit to Palmweb
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General Information

Myrialepis paradoxa is a spiny, evergreen, climbing palm producing a cluster of unbranched stems. The stems can be up to 40 metres long, 20 - 70mm in diameter, with internodes 12 - 27cm long[
701
Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
,
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for mainly local use as a source of materials for furniture making. It is sold in local markets[
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1968
Title
Palms of Southern Asia
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.
Publisher
Princeton University Press, New York
Year
2009
ISBN
978-0-691-13449-9
Description
An excellent concise guide

Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra)

Habitat

Found in a wide range of habtas from severely degraded forest to semi-evergreen forest at elevations up to 300 metres[
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
]. Lowland to montane rain forest, usually at forest margins or in disturbed places, at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
1968
Title
Palms of Southern Asia
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.
Publisher
Princeton University Press, New York
Year
2009
ISBN
978-0-691-13449-9
Description
An excellent concise guide
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant requires high light intensities for growth, thus it is usually found growing wild on river banks and in disturbed areas[
310
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.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
].
A monocarpic species, it can grow for many years without flowering, then flowers prolifically before setting seed and dying[
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
].

Edible Uses

The apical bud is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
763
Title
Heart of Palm Use: A Family Survey
Publication
 
Author
Scott Zona, Ph.D.
Website
http://www.virtualherbarium.org/palmresearch/Hearts_of_Palm_table.html
Publisher
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Virtual Herbarium.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line article listing the botanical names and range of palm trees that have an edible apical bud.
]. The palm heart (the inner core and growing bud of the plant) is harvested[ 763]. It provides a crispy food, rich in nutrients, that can be eaten raw or cooked. Harvesting the heart will lead to the death of the stem it was harvested from, though in multi-stemmed plants such as this the rest of the plant will continue to grow and often produce new stems[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The cane is used in coarse basketry and as a frame for lower quality furniture[
310
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.
,
701
Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
,
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
]. Around 12 - 30mm in diameter, it is poorly flexible and has a soft core[
1019
Title
A Field Guide of the Rattans of Cambodia
Publication
 
Author
Khou Eang Hourt
Publisher
World Wildlife Fund
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A draft publication giving an excellent concise guide to the various rattan species growing in Cambodia.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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