Distribution: Cultivated from India to the Solomon Islands and in Africa and Tropical America
Description: Tall palms. Leaves terminal; leaflets many, linear or linear-lanceolate. Spadices several, axillary, branched, shortly peduncled; spikes flexuous or straight. Spathes boat-like. Flowers monoecious, creamy-white; lower ones female, upper ones male, many. Fruit orange-red in colour.
Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
Parts used: Leaves, root and nut
Properties & Uses: Anti-microbial, appetizer and digestive. The powdered nuts are used in the treatment of diarrhea, ulcers, skin diseases and urinary disorders. The fruits are used in gynaecological disorders, haemorrhage and diseases of the nervous system. The roots and seed kernels are used as a diuretic and cardiotonic.
Systems of Medicines:
Ayurveda, Folk, Unani, Homeo, Modern,