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  Bentinckia nicobarica
  Family Name : Arecaceae (Palmae)

  Synonyms : Orania nicobarica

  Common Names : Bentinck Palm, Nicobar Palm

  Chinese Name : 本亭琪亚棕

Bentinck Palm,Nicobar Palm
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Palm (Solitary Palm)
      Maximum Height :
      15 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Nicobar Islands
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A tall, slender, solitary, fast-growing, medium-sized palm with arching pinnate (feather-like) fronds and a striking light green crown shaft.
      Trunk: Trunk solitary, slender, green (with a white, waxy coating), prominently ringed with old leaf scars; crownshaft prominent, light green.
      Foliage: Fronds pinnate (fether-shaped), arching to spreading, becomin pendulous, up to 1.8 m long; petioles twisted, somewhat glabrous (smooth; not rough or hairy), tubular; leaflets single-fold (basal leaflet sometimes merging), covered with small brown scales on both sides.
      [Others]: Flower: Inflorescences infrafoliar (arising from below the lowest frond), cream, spirally arranged. Fruit: Fruits globose to ovoid, about 1 cm diameter, ripening from red to black, single-seeded; seeds glossy, brown, conspicuously grooved on one side.
      Cultivation :
      Prefers full sun, but can also do well in partial shade. Requires a humid location with consistently moist and well-drained soil. Propagate by seeds that germinates in 2 to 4 months.
      Etymology :
      The genus epithet 'Bentinckia' honours after William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 18th and 19th century Governor-General of the East Indies, while its species epithet 'nicobarica' refers to the Nicobar Islands where it originates from.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      2.5 (Palm - Solitary)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Trunk Type (Palm) :
      Aboveground (Single Obvious Trunk)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :

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