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(family Arecaceae)

A genus of palms in which the trunk is solitary and hoop-marked. The leaves are pinnate, with a long crown-shaft, below which appear the much-branched inflorescences. B. nicobarica is widely cultivated. There are 2 species, one native to India, the other to the Nicobar Islands.

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