Areca catechu

Synonymy: None Distribution: Probably originated in Malaysia or Phillipines, but is now widely distributed in many tropical regions
Common names: Betel nut palm, bunga, pinang, jambe Conservation status: Not threatened

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Areca catechu

This is the palm that produces the famous 'Betel nuts' much used in tropical countries as a mild stimulant.
As a house plant it is superb, with broad, dark green feather-shaped leaves, and with a narrow, upright
habit. Tolerates low to medium light, and requires rich soil and an abundance of water.

Illustration from Kohler's Medicinal Plants, courtesy and copyright 1998, Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Craig Hind, Palms Online; Durban Botanical Garden, South Africa.

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