Salacca zalacca

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Figure 1. Cultivated S. zalaccain Borneo.

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Synonymy:

Salacca edulis

Common Names:

Salak

Distribution:

Java, and Sumatra

Habitat:

Lowland, swampy rainforest

Description:

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

General:

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

Culture:

Warm, sheltered and very moist.


Figure 2. S. zalaccain a Borneo market.


Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1&2)

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