Plant Profile

Bentinckia condapanna

(ben-tink-EE-ah) (kohn-DAH-pahn-nah)

Hill Areca Nut

Subfamily Arecoideae

Tribe Areceae

No Subtribe

Bentinckia condapanna is endemic to the South Western Ghats- South Sahyadri, South Western Ghats, India, (Agasthyamalai, Elamalai, Palani Hills), Southern India, and is found only in the steep slopes of evergreen forests, Locally common on rocky cliffs between 1000 and 1900 m.

This was once a common palm but has been reduced to rarity by land clearing, as well as being eaten by elaphants, which like the palm’s cabbage.- Palmpedia

“The native range of this species is SW. & S. India. It is a tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.” – Kew

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens