Areca dicksonii Roxb.
Ptychosperma dicksonii (Roxb.) Miq.
Seaforthia dicksonii (Roxb.) Mart.
Common Name: Kattu Kamuku
Pinanga dicksonii is a clump forming, evergreen palm producing a loose cluster of unbranched stems up to 8 metres tall and 12cm in diameter. Each stem is topped by a crown of leaves each around 150cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a masticatoy and a source of materials.
E. Asia - southwest India (Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu)
Lowland rainforest; at elevations from 350 - 1,000 metres[
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Pinanga dicksonii is a plant of the humid tropics, where it is found at low to moderate elevations.
Species in this genus generally require a warm, sheltered position with at least moderate shade, especially when young. They grow best in a circumneutral, moist but well-drained soil and strongly dislike dry conditions[
]. This species requires a semi-shaded or shaded position with regular water..
The seeds are chewed as a substitute for betel nut (Areca catechu)[
]. Generally only used if the true betal nut is not available[
The leaves are used for thatching[
The stems are used for fencing and fenceposts[
Division of new growths at the base
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