Salacca wallichiana

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Figure 1. S. wallichiana


Common Names:

Numerous local names, e.g.
Rakum palm, Sala, Kumbar, Salak kumbar, Salak rengam, Yengam, Rakum

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in hot, tropical lowlands/swamps throughout Myanmar, Thailand and Sumatra.


A dioecious, creeping and tillering palm, with very spiny leaves that forms large clumps. Leaves are pinnate and from 3-7 metres (9-22 feet) long.


Grown commercially for its fruit.


Likes a sunny, moist position. Tropical, and doesn't mind wet feet.



Contributed by:

Kyle Wicomb (Figure 1)

External Links:

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