This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek for a curved spike). Palmaceae, tribe Areceae. Three or four palms of the Malayan region of stately habit, but little known in this country.
Stem spineless, slender and tall, crowned by a graceful cluster of pinnately divided leaves: leaflets narrowly lanceolate, a little oblique, at the apex somewhat bifid: spadix short-peduncled, the branches more or less compressed, alternate, sometimes pendulous; flowers monoecious, the two kinds in 1 spadix; stamens 6, rarely 12 or 15: fruit small, elongate-ovoid, tipped by the persistent stigma. for cultivation, see Areca. The small and young leaves of C. Renda are effective but old plants are not very attractive and scarcely known. G.C. II. 24:362.
Height 25-30 ft.: leaflets linear or ensi-form, obtuse but somewhat obliquely bifid, delicate gray beneath, the petioles dark, brownish red: spadix 3-4 ft. long, the branches nearly alternate, about 18 in. long. Sumatra. variety Duvivierianum, Pynsert. leaf - stalks brightly colored. Malay Archipelago.
Lakka, Becc. Petioles green, not over 4 in. long: leaves broad, boldly arched, 3 1/2-4 1/2 ft. long, the leaflets nearly 18 in. long, 1 1/2 in. wide, obliquely bifid at the apex, pale beneath. Borneo. n. Taylor.