Friday, September 16, 2005

Betel Palm Tree Info

Now, this is one really interesting palm tree! I had been looking for it on the Internet, always searching for something like "dwarf palm", because that's what it looks like. So I was really surprised to find out its real name.

THE BETEL PALM: Areca catechu Etymology - Its generic name derives from the Tamil word areec, native common name of these plants, then changed into Portuguese areca. Its specific name refers to the native for a strongly astringent drug, extracted from the wood of Acacia catechu (fam. Leguminosae), often added to this palm seeds when preparing chewing betel.

We collected about 30 seeds, soaked them and will plant them later today. I think it would make a beautiful driveway decoration! They look elegant like Royal Palms, but are a lot smaller.
At least here they are, I believe there are larger sorts in the world.

I will keep you up to date on the planting and growing process! We also planted a bunch of herbs today, such as chives, parsley, dill and others. Let's see what comes out of those. It is always such a nice surprise!


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