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Bungang-ipot


Category: Philippine Endangered Species
Date Posted: 2006-01-04


Scientific Name: Areca ipot Becc.

Family: Palmae

Local Name: Bungang-ipot

Description: A small stocky tree to 4m high and to 12cm in diameter. The dark green leaves reach 1.5m in length, are gracefully curved outward, and appear to be swollen near the base. Its flower arrangement is dense with clusters of flowers. Its deep orange fruit has a flattened base and a rounded top. Its seeds is oval-shaped. The natives use the nuts for betel-chewing.

Habitat: Found in primary forests at low and medium altitudes.

Conservation Status: Threatened

Threats: Over-collection for ornamental purposes.


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