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Borassus flabellifer
Lontar palm
Lontar Palmae

Borassus flabellifer, Lontar palm, Palm lontar


Borassus flabellifer, Lontar palm, Palm lontar

Sun Requirements: Light shade preferred when young.
Origin: Togo, Nigeria, India, Malaysia, & Senegal
Germination: Seeds take 2 to 4 weeks to germinate. The seed first emit a long tap root (often over 2 feet - 60 cm), requiring a deep pot.
Fruit: Black when ripe, orange flesh...6 inches long, 4 inches in diameter 15x10 cm), about 6 pounds (3 kg). Oblong.
Seed: 4 inches long (10 cm). roundish, covered with fibers.
The Palmyra Palms are dioecious, only the female trees bear fruit. The palm trees are tapped for juice.
Common Name : Palmyra palm or Toddy palm
Features : Widely cultivated and fabled palmyra or toddy palm of India where it finds hundreds of uses, for food, black timber, sugar and toddy.
Fruit : Female trees with big 12-20cm edible fruit: yellow to brown and black. The intoxicating toddy is taken from the dense flower spikes.
Leaves : Rounded head of palmate gray-green leaves to 3m across rather folded, rigid and with stiff tips, the stalk with horny thorns.