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  Donax canniformis (G.Forst.) K.Schum.
  Family Name : Marantaceae

  Synonyms : Ataenidia grandis, Thalia canniformis, Maranta grandis, Donax parviflora, Donax gracilis, Phrynium canniforme, Donax grandis

  Common Names : Common Donax, Bemban, Bamban Ai, Bamban Batu

  Chinese Name : 竹叶蕉, 蘭嶼竹芋

 
Common Donax,Bemban,Bamban Ai,Bamban Batu
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous), Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Waterside / Marginal)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Irregular
      Maximum Height :
      4 m to 5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      China, Taiwan, Indochina, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Western Pacific
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Endangered (EN))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice )
      Medicinal
      [Others]: Medicinal: Leaf sap used as refreshing eyedrop. Roots boiled and drunk to relieve body heatiness. Products: Spilt stalks used in raw or processed form to weave fishing traps, mats, hats, baskets, baby carriers and handicrafts. Fibres reported to be softer than rattan, and more stronger than pandan.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Waterlogged Soils (Drains Site), Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Riverine
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden, Water Garden, Economic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water, Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Storage Organ, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Raised / Sunken Veins
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Oval)
      Foliar Venation :
      Parallel
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Acaulescent
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      White
      Inflorescence Type :
      Panicle
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Yellow / Golden
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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