1. Family: Arecaceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Calamus L.
      1. Calamus lobbianus Becc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Malesia.

    [PW]
    General Description
    Solitary stemless or very short-stemmed, moderate rattan. Stem without sheaths c. 20 mm diam., with sheaths to 30 mm diam., internodes to c. 20 mm only. Sheaths dull green, densely armed with slender, long pale green spines varying in length from 5-50 mm, often up ward-pointing, the tips black; knee absent', ocrea absent. Flagellum absent. Petiole to 1m long, armed laterally with pale yellowish-green horizontal spines to 30 mm, rarely more, and much smaller scattered spines; whole leaf ecirrate, to 2 m; leaflets about 20 on each side of the rachis, regularly arranged but rather distant, to 40 x 3 cm, dark green on the upper surface, densely chalky -white beneath, apical leaflets very briefly joined. Inflorescences much shorter than the leaves, rarely more than 40 cm long, zig-zag, with 1-3 partial inflorescences, these appearing to terminate the axis, the true axis appearing as a branch, the tip of the inflorescence enclosed in an empty bract; partial inflorescences composed of very crowded congested branches bearing large flowers (c. 10 mm long). Mature fruit top-shaped or ovoid, conspicuously beaked, c. 3 x 2 cm, covered in 13 - 16 vertical rows of black, highly polished, ungrooved scales; sarcotesta thick, sweet and tasty; endosperm ruminate. Seedling leaf not known (Fig. 61).
    Distribution
    Rather local in 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions; also in Peninsular Malaysia.
    Vernacular
    wi tedong (Ib.), wae savitpedun (Pen.)
    [PW]
    Use
    The cane is too short to be of value for anything other than walking-sticks; the fruits make good eating.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Borneo, Malaya, Sumatera

    Calamus lobbianus Becc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 22, 1993 Mohtar [S49506], Malaysia K000113987
    Mar 1, 1989 Lee Meng Hock [54020], Malaysia K000113989
    Aug 1, 1975 Dransfield, J. [JD4646], Malaysia K000113990
    Dransfield, J. [5875], Borneo 45896.000
    Dransfield, J. [JD 6221], Malaysia 62922.000
    Dransfield, J. [JD5875], Malaysia K000113986
    Dransfield, J. [JD5878], Malaysia K000114023
    Mohtar [S.49507], Malaysia K000113985
    Awmack, C. [331], Indonesia K000113988
    Lobb, T. [s.n.], Peninsular Malaysia K000207730 holotype
    Lobb, T. [s.n.], Peninsular Malaysia K000207731 holotype

    First published in J.D.Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 6: 451 (1893)

    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. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
    • J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992

    Sources

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
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