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Genus :

ARECA

Family :

ARECACEAE

Species of this Genus

Description


Slender palms, stems tall, erect, ringed with leaf scars. Leaves pinnatisect, distal segments merging or blending together, sheaths closed, mostly forming a crownshaft. Inflorescence of infrafoliar spadix, borne below crownshaft, branched to 3 orders, spathes 3 or more, caducous, the lowest complete, the upper often bract-like. Male flowers: many, solitary or 2-nate, stamens 3 or 6, anthers basifixed. Female flowers: longer than males, perianth accrescent, sepals 3, petals 3. Ovary 1-locular, stigmas 3, ovules basal. Fruit ellipsoid, globose, or spindle-shaped. Seed 1 with basilar embryo.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Trunk solitary, more than 12 m in height; stamens 6; fruit ovoid A. catechu
1b. Trunk with basal offshoots, less than 8 m in height; stamens 3; fruit ellipsoid A. triandra