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A clumping palm tree species that is flowering and fruiting in these photos. It is not known if this is a species native to New Guinea. (perhaps a Hydriastele sp.?)


Planted as an ornamental in a semi-urbanized lowland environment, in the equatorial tropics of northern New Guinea.

1 species ID suggestions

Arun 6 years ago
Areca palm
Areca catechu Areca catechu


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks but this is not the chewing kind which is cultivated everywhere in lowland Papua. I don't know if this is Areca sp. but it may be,

Arun 6 years ago

Areca palm nut with betel leaf used for chewing


Lat: -2.56, Long: 140.50

Spotted on Aug 17, 2011
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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