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Family Arecaceae

Areca hutchinsoniana Becc.

Scientific names Common names
Areca hutchinsoniana Becc. Pisa (Yak.)
Areca mammillata var mindanaoensis Becc. Pitha (Sub.)
  Sambulayan (Sub.)
  Areca palm (Engl.)
  Sacking tree (Engl.)
Areca hutchinsoniana Becc. is an accepted name The Plant List

Pisa is a slender, medium-sized palm, growing to about 4 meters tall, with a slightly bulging crownshaft. Stem about 15 centimeters in diameter. Leaves are dark green, about a meter long. Fruits are narrowly ellipsoid-oblong or subfusiform, about 3 centimeters long and 9 millimeters in diameter.

- In primary forests at low altitudes in Lanoa and Zamboanga Provinces in Mindanao, and in Basilan.
- Considered endemic species in the Philippines.
- Lower risk/near threatened status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Parts utilized

- Raw terminal bud given to children as vermifuge.
- The tip used as medicine to eradicate fungus.

- No studies found.


© Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update May 2018 / April 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / Photograph / File:Areca hutchinsoniana.jpg / Hawaii photo © Geoff Stein / click on photo to go to source page / PalmPedia

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Areca hutchinsoniana Becc. / Synonyms / The Plant List
Areca hutchinsoniana / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Areca hutchinsonia / Areca nut / Melayu

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