1. Family: Arecaceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Calamus L.
      1. Calamus suaveolens W.J.Baker & J.Dransf.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Sulawesi.

    Data deficient
    C. aruensi affinis sed foliolis singulariter vel binatim non regulatim dispositis, geniculis et vaginis foliorum spinis triangularibus dense tectis (geniculum C. aruensi raro spinosum), inflorescentia spinosa non raro spinosa, ocrea 14 - 23 mm (vice 3 - 9 mm) differt
    General Description
    Robust, solitary rattan climbing to 10 m. Stem with sheaths 15 - 40 mm diam., without sheaths 11 - 20 mm diam.; internodes 30 - 40 cm. Leaf cirrate, c. 4.3 m long including cirrus and petiole; sheath dark green, with sparse to abundant, caducous indumentum of minute, irregular, brown and white scales, spines numerous, 2 - 25 x 0.5 - 5 mm, black, planar, triangular, stiff, slightly deflexed, scattered evenly throughout sheath, spine bases slightly swollen adaxially, sheath mouth densely armed; knee 60 - 90 mm long, 18 - 21 mm wide, moderately to densely armed, spines and indumentum as on sheath; ocrea 14 - 23 mm, forming a hard, woody, persistent flange, divergent from stem, armed with bristle-like spines and spines as on sheath, base of ocrea extending along petiole to an acute angle; flagellum absent; petiole 20-30 mm, 14-17 mm wide and 7-8 mm thick at base, flat adaxially, rounded abaxially, indumentum as on sheath, with numerous short triangular spines; rachis up to 3 m, with few, very small, triangular spines, with irregularly-arranged grapnel spines abaxially; leaflets 13 - 15 each side of rachis, irregularly arranged in divergent pairs and solitarily, broadly lanceolate, cucullate, longest leaflets near middle of leaf, 28 - 40 x 6.5 - 9 cm, apical leaflets 19 - 35 x 1.8 - 3 cm, distal leaflets widely spaced, basal leaflets small and apparently reflexing, with few bristles 1 - 2.5 mm towards base of adaxial surface of mid-rib and rarely on other major veins, unarmed abaxially, leaflet margins unarmed or with very few bristles 1 - 1.5 mm, increasing in density towards leaflet apex, transverse veinlets moderately inconspicuous; cirrus 1.2 - 2 m, cirrus grapnel spines arranged irregularly. Staminate inflorescence up to 3.8 m long including c. 35 cm sterile tip, branched to 3 orders; prophyll 12 - 16.5 x 1 - 1.3 cm, strictly tubular, with 2 keels, prophyll mouth entire, with narrow, acute, triangular limb to one side, indumentum as on sheath, densely armed with spines 1 - 18 mm long, similar to spines on sheath; peduncular bracts absent (always?), rachis bracts 19 - 26.5 x 0.7 - 1.5 cm, similar to prophyll, densely armed towards apex as prophyll; primary branches up to c. 12, to 28 cm long, 31 - 38 cm apart, strongly recurving, with up to c. 250 rachillae, bracts on primary and secondary branches funnel-shaped; rachillae 4 - 20 x c. 1 mm, sublinear, glabrous; rachilla bracts c. 0.5 x 1.2 mm, subdistichous, glabrous; floral bracteole c. 0.8 x 1 mm. Staminate flowers 3.3 - 4.1 x 1.8-2 mm in bud near anthesis, very sweetly scented; calyx 1.8 - 2 mm diam., tubular in basal 1 mm, with 3 lobes 0.7 - 1 x 1 - 1.2 mm, glabrous; corolla 3 - 3.6 x 1.8-2 mm in bud, scarcely united at base, glabrous; stamens 6, filaments 1.5 - 1.8 x 0.3 mm, anthers 1.6 - 2.1 x 0.4 mm; pistillode inconspicuous. Pistillate inflorescence similar to staminate inflorescence, but branched to 2 orders; primary branches c. 25 cm long, strongly recurving, with c. 26 rachillae, bracts on primary branch funnel-shaped; rachillae 25 - 70 x 2 mm, sublinear or irregular; rachilla bracts c. 1.2 x 1.7 mm, subdistichous, glabrous; proximal floral bracteole obscured by distal bracteole, distal floral bracteole 1.3 -1.5 x 1.5 mm, glabrous, scar from sterile staminate flower c. 0.2 mm diam. Pistillate flowers c. 3-3.5 x 2 mm at anthesis, very sweetly scented; calyx c. 2 mm diam., tubular in basal c. 2 - 2.2 mm, with 3 lobes to c. 0.9 x 1 mm, glabrous; corolla c. 2.4 x 1.5 mm, tubular in basal c. 1.3 - 2 mm, with 3 lobes to c. 1.1 - 1.2 x 1 mm, glabrous; staminodes 6, staminodal ring c. 1 mm high; gynoecium 1.8 - 2 x 1.1 - 1.4 mm, ovoid, stigmas 0.6 - 0.8 mm long. Sterile staminate flowers not seen. Fruit globose, c. 8 x 6 mm including beak 1.5 mm (available material unripe), with c. 20 longitudinal rows of shallowly channelled scales with entire, but uneven margins. Seed (sarcotesta removed) c. 6 x 4 x 4 mm (available material unripe), globose, with a deep, narrow pit on one side, the surface covered with numerous deep pits and irregular channels; endosperm homogeneous; embryo basal. Fig. 1
    Not recorded
    North and central Sulawesi
    Hill forest and lower montane forest, on steep slopes, 780 - 1350 m



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    Calamus suaveolens W.J.Baker & J.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 26, 2003 Dransfield, J. [J.D.3855], Indonesia K000521363
    Dransfield, J. [JD3858], Indonesia K000207501 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 59: 69 (2004)

    Accepted by

    • Powling, A. (2009). The palms of Buton, Indonesia, an island in Wallacea Palms; Journal of the International Palm Society 53: 84-01.


    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
    • W.J. Baker & J. Dransfield, Calamus suaveolens — a new rattan from Sulawesi. 2004


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