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Useful Tropical Plants

Phoenicophorium borsigianum

(K.Koch) Stuntz

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Areca sechellarum (H.Wendl.) Baill.

Astrocaryum borsigianum K.Koch

Astrocaryum pictum Balf.f.

Astrocaryum sechellarum (H.Wendl.) Baill.

Phoenicophorium sechellarum H.Wendl.

Stevensonia borsigiana (K.Koch) L.H.Bailey

Stevensonia grandifolia Duncan ex Balf.f.

Common Name:

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General Information

Phoenicophorium borsigianum is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm with an unbranched, spiny main stem up to 16 metres tall and 10cm in diameter that is topped by a crown of arching leaves around 2 metres lomg[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for its leaves, which are used for thaching roofs. The plant is also an excellent pioneer species and is used for restoring degraded and deforested land[
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]. A very attractive feather palm, it is sometimes grown as an ornamental, especially in the humid tropics[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Phoenicophorium borsigianum is endemic to the Seychelles where it occurs on eight islands. Potential threats include the small range it occupies (the total land area where the species is able to occur is only 235 km2); the clearance of forest at lower elevations; and the harvesting of the plant for its leaves which are used for thatch. However, the plant is known to regenerate very freely and can even establish itself in heavily degraded land and in native forest that has been dominated by alien invasive species. Therefore there is no criterion met or nearly met to evaluate this species as under threat, though future trends need to be monitored. The plant is therefore classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Seychelles

Habitat

Understory tree in forests at low and intermediate elevations. It colonizes bare eroded ground where drought is severe and is able to establish on rocky outcrops[
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Website
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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Phoenicophorium borsigianum grows best in the humid tropics, requiring constant high humidity and shelter from drying winds in order to avoid scorching of the foliage[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The species is able to establish itself in different habitat types from deep forests to rocky outcrop area. It is used in the Seychelles for the rehabilitation of degraded areass[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
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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Other Uses

The leaves are often used as a thatching material for roofs[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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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Propagation

Seed -
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