Arengas are a group of 17 species. The flesh of Arengas (like the related Fishtail Palms) contains oxalic acid and the juice can be caustic. Don't handle it without gloves.
Dwarf Sugar PalmScientific Name: Arenga engleri Becc.
Size: Up to 10 feet tall (3 m)
Min. Temperature: 23°F (-5°C)
Water Requirements: Regular water
Sun Requirements: Light shade
Origin: Taiwan, India
Germination: erratic, 4 weeks to 6 months
7 to 9 leaves with green top, silvery bottom
narrow wedge shaped leaflets. Edges and tips are irregular. Leaves are tomentose,
7 to 8 feet long (2 to 2.5 m).
Trunk: clustering covered with old black leaf fibers,
3 inches (7.5 cm).
Flower: The stem dies after blooming.
Flower stalk coming from among the leaves,.
Fruit: dark red.
0.5 to 1 inch in diameter (1.2 to 2.5 cm).
round. Up to 3 seeds per fruit..
Seed: round, flattened on one or 2 sides.
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