|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|
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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