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Arenga pinnata (Sugar palm)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Arecales > Family: Arecaceae

Arenga pinnata (Sugar palm)  

Arenga pinnata under cultivation in the Palm House of the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ©]

 

This palm is native from India through to Indonesia. Sap is collected from where the male (or sometimes female) flower clusters have been cut off, with up to 1800 litres of sap collected per tree per year. The sap contains sucrose and is boiled down to yield palm sugar (known as gula or jaggery).

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