Salacca glabrescens (PROSEA)

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Salacca glabrescens Griffith

Family: Palmae

Vernacular names

  • Peninsular Malaysia: salak hutan, pokok rengam.


Peninsular Malaysia.


The fruits are eaten as a substitute for the true "salak" to which they are inferior in taste.


  • Stemless, dioecious, clustering, armed palm with pinnate leaves up to 5 m long.
  • Fruit drupe-like, fusiform globose, 2.5 cm long, with dark brown scales ending in upcurved points.
  • Seeds 2.

Rather common in forests, up to 1200 m altitude.

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.
  • 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.
  • Uhl, N.W. & Dransfield, J., 1987. Genera Palmarum. The L.H. Bailey Hortorium and the International Palm Society. Allen Press, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. 610 pp.


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