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Areca catechu

Betel Betel Palmae


Areca catechu, Betel, Betel

A forest palm up to about 40 ft (12 m) tall with a single smooth, green trunk 46 in (1015 cm) thick; its long feather-like fronds are rather erect but flop untidily with age. The yellow, orange or red fruit are egg-sized and may be borne at any time of year. The large white-fleshed seed is sliced and chewed together with lime and leaves of the betel pepper (Piper betle). The wild origin of this species is not exactly known.
Cultivation: These palms only grow well outdoors in the wet tropics, preferring sheltered conditions and moist soil.
Propagate from seed, which germinates readily if sown fresh.