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Arenga tremula
(Blanco) Beccari, Arecaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 1 (Go to the risk assessment).

Other Latin names:  Arenga mindorensis Becc.; Caryota tremula Blanco; Saguerus mindorensis (Becc.) O. F. Cook; Wallichia tremula (Blanco) Mart.

Common name(s): [more details]

Chinese: fei lü bin guang lang

English: Philippine dwarf sugar palm

Habit:  tree

Description:  "Clustering, large shrubby palm to 4 m high, stems few, to 6 cm in diameter near the base, tapering; covered with old, shredded leaf sheaths.  Leaves pinnate, 3-6 m long, arching from the base; leaflets divaricate, linear, to 80 cm long, base constricted with a small lobe, apex truncate and finely toothed, glaucous white beneath; petiole 1.5- 2 m long.  Flowers either male or female, in separate, pendulous inflorescences arising from the stem, each with several rachillae; female rachillae usually longer and more numerous than male rachillae.  Fruit globose, to 1.5 cm in diameter, smooth, with thin epidermis and scanty pulp, usually 2-seeded, ripening yellow then bright red.  (ASEAN Tropical Plant Database).

Habitat/ecology:  In the Philippines (native), "in secondary forests and thickets at low altitudes"  (ASEAN Tropical Plant Database [online resource seemingly defunct as of 07 May 2017]).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Endemic to the Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro)  (ASEAN Tropical Plant Database [online resource seemingly defunct as of 07 May 2017]); GRIN ("Malesia: Philippines")

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Federated States of Micronesia
Pohnpei Islands
Pohnpei Island introduced
Fosberg, F. R./Sachet, Marie-Hélène/Oliver, Royce (1987) (p. 80)
Federated States of Micronesia
Pohnpei Islands
Pohnpei Island introduced
cultivated
Herrera, Katherine/Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy/Balick, Michael J. (2010) (p. 35)
Philippines
Philippine Islands
Philippine Islands native
Ministry of the Environment, Korea (2013)
Luzon, Mindoro
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
Australia (continental) introduced
cultivated
Randall, R. P. (2007) (p. 50)
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 15)


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This page was created on 3 SEP 2012 and was last updated on 7 MAY 2017.