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Distribution & Habitat:
Understorey plant of Philippine rainforest.
Basically a smaller version of the Betel Nut Palm, Areca catechu. A single trunked feather palm to about 4m, topped with a small gracefull, upward pointing head of leaves. Its also has a very attractive infructescence, made up of oval shaped, 5cm long, orange to red fruits.
A very attractive palm, fast becoming a favourite amongst palm collectors.
A sheltered, shady, moist spot in the tropics/sub-tropics.
Palms & Cycads No. 66, January-March 2000).