Rattan Cane
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Rattan Cane
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Rattan Cane • Kannada: ಹಂಡಿಬೆತ್ತ handibetta • Konkani: वेत veta • Malayalam: ആനച്ചൂരല്‍ aanaccuural, തടിയന്‍ ചൂരല്‍ thatiyan cuural, വലിയ ചൂരല്‍ valiya cuural • Marathi: वेत veta • Tamil: வஞ்சி Vanji
Botanical name: Calamus thwaitesii    Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)

Rattan Cane is a strong climber, about 10 m or more long. Stems are clustered, climbing, up to 6 cm in diameter. Leaf sheaths are yellow-green with brown hairs, with ridges of black, strongly flattened, up to 4 cm long spines, interspersed among many short spines. Flagella are present, up to 9 m long. Leaf rachis is up to 3 m long, with up to 30 lanceshaped leaflets per side, irregularly arranged. Flower clusters are up to 7 m long, flagellate. Fruits are ovoid, up to 2.5 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, dull orange or yellowish brown. Rattan Cane is found in Southern India.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Mollem National Park, Karnataka & Mahdai Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa.

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