Wight's Sago Palm   
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Wight's Sago Palm
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Wight's Sago Palm, Wild Coconut • Kannada: Dhadashi • Malayalam: Alathil thenga, Alattiltenna, Karampana • Tamil: Alam panei, Ala panai, Kattu thengai
Botanical name: Arenga wightii    Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)
Synonyms: Saguerus wightii

Wight's Sago Palm is a threatened Indian palm species. Trunk is up to 6 m tall, grey, densely clothed with the black fibrous remains of the leaf sheaths. Leaves are compound, pinnate, 3.5-8 m long. Leaflets are up to 30-100 cm x 2-2.5 cm, linear ensiform, apical one often confluent and obconic, apex narrowed, sometimes shortly, unequally 2-lobed, base asymmetricaly auricled, dark green above, glaucous beneath, margin entire or toothed in the upper half. Male and female spadices separated, 1 m long. Berry is hard, spherical, 2-3 seeded. This palm is exploited for making brooms, palm wine and even a unique source of starch. Wight's Sago Palm is endemic to the Western Ghats - South and Central Sahyadris.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado
Photographed in Karnataka.
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