Arenga wightii Griffith

  • Family : ARECACEAE
    (Palm Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : NARIYAL FAMILY (नारियल फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : ARECACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Arenga wightii Griff.
  • Common name : Wight's Sago Palm, Wild Coconut
  • Vernacular name : Dhudadal (Marathi); Aazham, Aazhuthumpana, Alathilthenga, Malanthengu, Kattuthengu, Njettipana (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Palm (Cluster)
  • Habitat : Evergreen forests at elevations 400-800 m.
  • Comments / notes : Leaves are used for thatching. Toddy is obtained by tapping the peduncle. Frequent in evergreen forests mostly along the Ghats on steep slopes from Uttar Kannada to Kanyakumari. Sometimes planted in gardens
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : D.H.Nicolson, C.J.Saldanha & T.P.Ramamoorthy; C.J.Saldanha
  • Collection Nos : HFP 125, CJS 16818
  • Collection Locality : Kempuhole (Hassan); Kagenari, Shiradi Ghat (Hassan)
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dakshina Kannada district, Hassan district, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Mysuru district, Shivamogga district, Uttara Kannada district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kollam district, Kottayam district
    • Maharashtra : Pune district, Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district
    • Tamil Nadu : Tirunelveli district, Kanyakumari district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • Conservation Status : Vulnerable (VU)
  • Literature : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Flora of Hassan district, Karnataka; Balakrishna Gowda & A.N. Sringesh 2004 – Sringeri (checklist unpublished); Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; B. D. Sharma, S. Karthikeyan & N. P. Singh 1996 - Flora of Maharashtra state – Monocotyledons; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Navendu Page (2017). Endemic woody plants of the Western Ghats.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. wightii. Downloaded on 26 June 2022.

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