Betelnut - plant profile
The plantBetelnut is a slender, single-stemmed palm tree, up to 30m high. It has a crown of 8-12 leaves at the top.
Stem - cylindrical and about 10-15 cm wide. It is covered with rings, which are the scars of old leaves that have died and dropped off.
|Image: Betelnut palms are cultivated in South Asia.|
Leaves - 1 to 1.5 m long and feather-shaped. The base of each leaf completely encircles the palm stem like a tube. The leaves and leaf sheath can be used as a source of fibre for basketry and containers.
Flowers - both male and female flowers appear on the same plant on branched inflorescences below the crown of leaves. Male flowers grow close to the tips of flowering branches, while female flowers grow close to the base. They are tiny, fragrant and creamy-white in colour.
stimulant. The fruits are used as a source of tannin for dyeing.