Arenga porphyrocarpa (PROSEA)
Arenga porphyrocarpa (Blume ex Mart.) H.E. Moore
- Protologue: Principes 4: 114 (1960).
Didymosperma porphyrocarpum (Blume ex Mart.) H. Wendl. & Drude ex Hook.f. (1883).
- Indonesia: ki hura (Sundanese).
Sumatra, western and central Java.
A root decoction and the palm heart are taken to treat urinary troubles.
An erect dwarf palm up to 3 m tall, growing in clumps, dying after flowering; leaves 5-8 on each stem, erecto-patent, up to 240 cm long including petiole, with 9-13(-17) leaf-segments 15-45 cm × 5-13 cm; inflorescence consisting of 5-7 spikes 13-30 cm long, peduncle 8-25 cm long, bisexual or unisexual, developing from the apex of the plant towards the base; male flowers with oblong petal lobes c. 6 mm long and 16-20 stamens; fruit narrowly obovoid, 1.5-2 cm long, red-purple turning orange, smooth and shining. A. porphyrocarpa occurs in mixed, disturbed forest and shrubby grassland up to 400 m altitude, locally numerous.
62, 220, 334.
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