Areca catechu
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Areca catechu

Bombay catechu
betal nut palm

  family palmae 
  genus areca 

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Genus  Areca Species  catechu Variety  Cultivar  Common names  cutch   Bombay catechu   betal nut palm   Pinang Family  PALMAE Specimen number  S8595 Data source  DyePl p36;Frgnt p325
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Areca catechu have a faint sweet fragrance. The nuts of Cutch (also known as Bombay catechu, betal nut palm or Pinang) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Brown is the most typical color produced by this plant. Betel palm is one of the classic dyes of the ancients and has been in use for centuries. Fabrics dyed with these plant parts include wool and cotton. This alternative source of the dye cutch, or catechu, is obtained from the nutlike fruits of this species. See Acacia catechu for the traditionally known cutch.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  sweet scented male flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Nuts Dye color  brown
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Areca catechu is a native plant in the natural environment and may have originated from Asia and Australia.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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