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Useful Tropical Plants

Nenga banaensis

(Magalon) Burret

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Areca banaensis (Magalon) Burret

Areca microspadix Burret

Nenga nannospadix (Burret) Burret

Pinanga banaensis Magalon

Pinanga nannospadix Burret

Common Name:

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General Information

Nenga banaensis is a single stemmed, evergreen palm with a slender, unbranched stem up to 6 metres tall and 35mm in diameter. The stem is topped by a spreading crown of leaves, each up to 150cm long[
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
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and masticatory.

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

Southeast Asia - central Vietnam

Habitat

Lowland rain forest; at low elevations[
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 *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The palm heart is eaten[
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
]. The palm heart (the inner core and growing bud of the plant) is harvested[]. 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 plant since it is unable to produce new shoots[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

The seeds are used as a substitute for betel nut (Areca catechu)[
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
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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