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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1188. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: KAMAL A. MALIK
General/Distribution: A monotypic genus of uncertain origin, widely cultivated especially in the coastal regions of the tropics including Pakistan.


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Solitary palm, stem often curved. Leaves very long, green, pinnatisect. Leaflets narrow, apices long acuminate; petiole smooth. Inflorescence from the axil of the leaf with short prophyll and with boat-shaped woody coriaceous peduncular bract. Inflorescence 60-90 cm long, yellowish. Bracts 45-90 cm long, opening longitudinally at the time of flowering; prophyll much shorter than the large boat-shaped bract. Flowers in triads at base of rachillae, paired or solitary near tip. Male with short stalks; female in triads with 2 males, few at spike base. Stamens 6, free; ovary 3-celled, surrounded by low cupular staminodium. Fruit one seeded nut, trigonous, endocarp hard with three basal pores, endosperm oily, edible.

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