Plant Profile

Areca tunku

(ah-REHK-ah) (TOON-koo)

Areca tunku

Subfamily Arecoideae

Tribe Areceae

Subtribe Arecinae

A smallish palm native to rainforests at mid elevations on the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Its slender trunk carries a spreading crown of flat, dark green leaves with wide segments. The most unusual inflorescence has thick, reddish branches, fanned in one plane and starkly contrasting, large, green and white female flowers. (

“The native range of this species is Peninsula Thailand to Sumatera. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.” – Kew

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens