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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) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous), Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Waterside / Marginal)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      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 )
      [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 :
      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 :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Storage Organ, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Raised / Sunken Veins
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Oval)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Flowering Habit :
  • 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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