Eleiodoxa conferta (Griff.) Burret

Etymology Genus From Greek, eleio=wet, and doxa=home in; referring to its swampy habitat
Species Crowded; probably referring to the clustering habit
Family Arecaceae
Synonyms Eleiodoxa microcarpa Burret, Eleiodoxa orthoschista Burret
Common Names Kelubi, Asam Payah, Salak Hutan
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Multi-Stem Palm
Native Distribution Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra


Eleiodoxa conferta is a clustering palm found in freshwater swamp forests. It has underground stems that allow it to form large thickets. The leaf sheaths, stalk and rachis are armed with rows of needle-like white spines.

Interesting Facts:

The fleshy seed coat or sarcotesta, is extremely sour and used as a substitute for tamarind in cooking or sometimes made into a sweetmeat; the leaves are used for thatching and matting; and a decoction of the fruit wall is used against coughs (Jansen et al., 2016).

The habitat of Eleiodoxa conferta in Nee Soon Swamp Forest (2013).

Clustering form.


Rachis underside, showing the spines.

Petiole of a young leaf.

Thicker petiole showing the spines.


Jansen PCM, Jukema J, Oyen LPA, van Lingen TG (2016) Eleiodoxa conferta (PROSEA). Plant Resources of South East Asia. https://uses.plantnet-project.org/en/Category:PROSEA. Accessed on 15-Dec-2018.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-25