Actinorhytis calapparia

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Figure 1.


Climate Zones:

New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


Tropical rainforests from sea level to 1000m (3000').


A slender feather palm to about 12m (40'). Oval, red fruits to 6cm (2.5").


Used as a [[ Betel Nut substitute, and becoming popular in SE Asia due to supposed magical medicinal powers.


Cold sensitive, so it likes a sunny, well drained position in the tropics.

Figure 2. In habitat, Papua New Guinea.
Figure 3. In habitat, Papua New Guinea.
Figure 4. A. calapparia in East Sepik, PNG

Contributed by:

Andre de Does (Figure 1) Rolf Kyburz, (Figures 2,3, & 4)


"Palms & Cycads Around The World", Jack Krempin

External Links:

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