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Borassodendron


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(family Arecaceae)

A genus of stout, solitary palm trees that have massive fan leaves and a smooth, knife-edged stalk. They are dioecious, the little-branched, stout inflorescence forming among the leaves. The flowers occur in groups of 2–6, enclosed in bracts. The fruits are massive, globose, 12 cm in diameter, and in pendulous bunches, with a fibrous pericarp. There are 3 seeds, with thick, stony walls protruding as flanges into the endosperm. There are 2 species, native to rain forest in southern Thailand, Malaya, and Borneo.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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