Didymosperma distichum (T.Anderson) Hook.f.
Wallichia yomae Kurz
Wallichia disticha is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm with an erect, unbranched stem up to 9 metres tall and 15 - 25cm in diameter; this is topped by a crown of large leaves 180 - 350cm long with a petiole 50 - 150cm long[
The plant is used as a source of food in times of shortage.
E. Asia - Nepal, Bhutan, northeast India, Bangladesh, southern China (Yunnan), Myanmar, Thailand, Laos
Scattered localities in lowland to montane rain forest, especially in rocky places on steep slopes, often in disturbed areas; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
The pith from the stems is rich in starch. It can be extracted to make sago, but is only eaten in times of famine[
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