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Areca catechu L.

Pendang, Kedah, Malaysia.

 

Areca catechu L. Arecaceae. CN: [Malay - Pinang], Pinang palm, Areca palm, Areca-nut palm, betel palm, betel-nut, betelnut palm, Catechu. Exact native range obscure but believed either from Malaysia or Philippines. Plant cultivated and the nut is chewed along with betel leaf (Piper betle), gambier (Uncaria gambir), lime powder. Claimed to have antidepressant properties, but it may be addictive.

 

Synonym(s):

Areca cathechu Burm.f.

Areca faufel Gaertn.

Areca himalayana Griff. ex H.Wendl.

Areca hortensis Lour. Synonym

Areca nigra Giseke ex H.Wendl.

Sublimia areca Comm. ex Mart. [Invalid]

 

Ref, and suggested reading:

www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-14517

www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?3903

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areca_catechu

 

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Taken on July 16, 2011