Korthalsia paucijuga Becc., Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. (Calcutta) 12(2): 121 (1918)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Borneopresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Sumaterapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
An infrequently collected rattan recorded from the 1st and 3rd Divisions. Elsewhere in Kalimantan and Sumatra. (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Discussion

  • For differences between it and K. rigida see under the latter species. (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Biology And Ecology

  • K. paucijuga appears to be confined to peat swamp forest at low elevations. (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Etymology

  • Few pairs, i.e. of leaflets (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Uses

  • The cane is fine and durable and were it more frequent, would be of greater importance. (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Description

  • Clustering slender rattan with stems climbing to 20 m, branching in the canopy. Stem without sheaths c. 5 mm diam., with sheaths to c. 10 mm diam., internodes c. 10 cm, longer in juvenile stems. Sheaths dull greenish-brown, bearing very few short triangular spines to c. 2 mm, or unarmed and with abundant deciduous.black scales; ocrea tightly sheathing, usually very short, scarcely more than 5 mm in mature stems, the free margin somewhat irregular. Leaf to 60 cm including the cirrus to 30 cm; petiole absent', leaflets 3 (rarely 4) on each side, broadly rhomboid with praemorse distal margins, often stalked, the middle leaflets c. 15 x 7 cm, the upper surface dark green, the undersurface with grey-white indumentum and minute scattered brown scales. Inflorescences produced from topmost c. 3 nodes; inflorescence bracts somewhat inflated, the rachillae few but held rather close together, c. 50 - 70 x 3 - 4 mm, the bracts rather conspicuous, the floral pits with very few hairs. Mature fruit rounded or top-shaped, c. 10 mm diam., with a short beak, and covered in 17 vertical rows of yellow-brown, darker-tipped scales. Seed ovoid c. 8 x 6 mm; endosperm deeply ruminate. Seedling leaf undivided with praemorse margins (Fig. 2). (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992)A

Bibliography

A. J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Sarawak. 1992
B. World Checklist of Arecaceae