The betel nut is chewed by many in the countries where the tree grows. It contains alcaloids acting as stimulant.
Betel Nut PalmScientific Name: Areca catechu L.
Size: Up to 50 feet (15 m).
Min. Temperature: 28°F (-2°C)
Water Requirements: Abundant water
Sun Requirements: Full sun to light shade
Origin: Southeast Asia, Malaysia
5 to 9 leaves, 30-50 leaflets,
Trunk: Green crownshaft,
Grey brown, ringed,
6 inches in diameter (15 cm).
Flower: Flower stalk coming from under the crownshaft, horizontal. Male flowers close to the end, female flowers close to the base of the stalk.
Fruit: Red when ripe.
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