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  1. Family: Arecaceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Areca L.
      1. Areca abdulrahmanii J.Dransf.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Borneo (Sarawak).

    General Description
    Apparently solitary, short-stemmed, undergrowth palmlet. Stem to c. 2.5 m, 1.3 cm diam.; internodes to 1.5 cm, nodes marked by conspicuous leaf scars, c. 3 mm high; surface of internode dull green with sparse brown scales. Leaf sheaths forming a distinct crownshaft to 23 x 2 cm; sheaths 7-13 cm long with basal circumference 2-3 cm, striate, with sparse brown scales; ligule poorly developed. Leaf without sheath 65-80 cm including petiole to 30 x 0-3 cm; leaflets 2-3 on each side of the rachis, diverging at an angle of c. 30'; leaflets subequal, with up to 5 main ribs, acuminate except for the lobed apical pair, to c. 35 x 3 cm; lamina surfaces concolorous, ± glabrous on adaxial surface, with scattered brown scales on abaxial surface. Inflorescence infrafoliar; peduncle short, c. 10 x 3 mm; rachillae 3-4, divaricate, ± zig-zag, to 100 x 2 mm, covered in brown scales, each bearing 1-3 triads near the base, and spirally arranged pairs of staminate flowers distally. Staminate flower conspicuously stipitate, the stalk formed from the calyx base, glabrous, to 1.5 mm, the calyx tubular above the solid base, lobes 3, strongly keeled, narrow triangular, to 1 mm; corolla with 3 ovate apiculate petals to 3.5 x 1.75 mm; stamens 6, to 1.5 x 0.3 mm, anthers borne on short filaments; pistillode absent. Pistillate flower sessile with 3 imbricate, cucullate, apiculate free sepals to 4.5 x 3 mm, and 3 free imbricate apiculate petals to 4.5 x 2.5 mm; ovary to 7 x 2.5 mm, tipped with a beak and 3 stigmas. Immature fruit fusiform, 'ripening red', to 21 x 7 mm, tipped with stigmatic remains; seed immature, basally attached.
    This is a lowland species, and was found growing in the unusual habitat of crevices in limestone.
    Borneo, Sarawak, 4th Division, known only from type collection.
    ad sectionem Microarecam pertinens, floribus staminatis stipitatisque A. abdulrahmanii J. Dransf. et A. klingkangensi J. Dransf. affinis, sed calcicola et staminibus tantum 6 distincta.



    Other Data

    Areca abdulrahmanii J.Dransf. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jermy, A.C. [13702], Sarawak K000208013 isotype


    First published in Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 81: 33 (1980)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.


    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

    • J. Dransfield, The genus Areca (Palmae: Arecoideae) in Borneo. 1984


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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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