|Etymology||Genus||After the Malabar common name of the palm|
|Synonyms||Areca triandra var. bancana Scheff., Areca triandra var. laxa (Buch.-Ham.) Becc.|
|Common Names||Wild Areca Palm, Triandra Palm|
|Status||Exotic: Cultivated Only|
|Native Distribution||India & Southeast Asia|
Areca triandra is a multi-stemmed palm to 6m, and does not appear to be commonly cultivated here. It bears some resemblance to the MacArthur Palm with the same form. However the former has broader leaves, and not all of the leaflets' tips are flat.
Henderson (2009) note that this species has varying features; with some having solitary stems, slit roots, broad or narrow leaflets, yellow or white flowers.
The seeds are used as an alternative for the Betel Nut Palm (Henderson, 2009).
A cluster of Wild Areca Palm in Sengkang
Fronds. Note the flat tips for the terminal leaflets.
Henderson A. (2009) Palms of Southern Asia. Princeton University Press. 199 pp.