Salacca zalacca

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Figure 1. Cultivated S. zalaccain Borneo.



Salacca edulis

Common Names:



Java, and Sumatra


Lowland, swampy rainforest


An acaulescant clumping palm with long erect leaves up to 6m tall, and very spiny petioles. The leaflets are whitish underneath.


Produces an edible fruit which is sweet, tho slightly tart, and has a brown, scaly skin. Commonly seen in south-east Asian markets.


Warm, sheltered and very moist.

Figure 2. S. zalaccain a Borneo market.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1&2)

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