Salacca affinis (PROSEA)

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Salacca affinis Griffith

Family: Palmae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: linsum (Sumatra)
  • Malaysia: salak hutan (Peninsular).


Indonesia (Sumatra), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore.


The fruits are edible, sweet.


  • Dioecious, clustering, armed palm, 5-6 m tall with short stem and pinnate leaves up to 4 m long.
  • Fruit drupe-like, cylindrical, but conical at apex, about 7.5 cm long, dark brown, with flat scales, deeply grooved.

Scattered in forests at wet places or in swamps.

Selected sources

  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • Ridley, H.N., 1922-1925. The Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 5 Volumes. Government of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States. L. Reeve & Co., London.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen