Areca triandra Roxb. ex Buch.-Ham.

Etymology Genus After the Malabar common name of the palm
Species Three stamens
Family Arecaceae
Synonyms Areca triandra var. bancana Scheff., Areca triandra var. laxa (Buch.-Ham.) Becc.
Common Names Wild Areca Palm, Triandra Palm
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Multi-stem palm
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.

Interesting Facts:

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.

The stem.



Henderson A. (2009) Palms of Southern Asia. Princeton University Press. 199 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2017-12-21 / Modified: 2019-08-27