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Calospatha


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(family Arecaceae)

A genus of climbing palms (rattans), in which the stem is solitary and robust, growing to a height of 10 m, with no grappling whips. The plant is dioecious, the inflorescence being short with persistent, successively smaller, overlapping bracts. The fruits are scaly, and contain 3 seeds embedded in a thin sheet of edible pulp (sarcotesta). The cane is not used. There is 1 species, endemic to Malaya, where it is very local and was overlooked for 50 years.

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