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Palmacea

Betel Palm
  • Botanical: Areca catechu
  • Family: Palmacea
  • Known as: Areca Palm, Areca Nut Palm, Indian Nut, Pinang Palm, Bunga, Pinang, Betelnusspalme, Betelpalme, Katechupalme, Arekapalme
  • Old Use: medical, culinary
  • Aroma: fresh

Betel Palm

Areca catechu is a medium-sized and palm tree, growing straight to 20 m tall, with a trunk 10–15 cm in diameter. The leaves are 1.5–2 m long, pinnate, with numerous, crowded leaflets.

 

Dragons Blood
  • Botanical: Calamus draco
  • Family: Palmaceae
  • Known as: Calamus Draco. Draconis Resina. Sanguis draconis. Dragon's Blood Palm. Blume.
  • Old Use: medical, industry
  • Aroma: sweet

Dragons Blood

-Dragon's Blood, as known in commerce, has several origins, the substance so named being contributed by widely differing species. Probably the best known is that from Sumatra. Daemomorops Draco formerly known as Calamus Draco, was transferred with many others of the species to Daemomorops, the chief distinguishing mark being the placing of the flowers along the branches instead of their being gathered into catkins, as in those remaining under Calamus. The long, slender stems of the genus are flexible, and the older trees develop climbing propensities. The leaves have prickly stalks which often grow into long tails and the bark is provided with many hundreds of flattened spines. The berries are about the size of a cherry, and pointed. When ripe they are covered with a reddish, resinous substance which is separated in several ways, the most satisfactory being by steaming, or by shaking or rubbing in coarse, canvas bags. An inferior kind is obtained by boiling the fruits to obtain a decoction after they have undergone the second process. The product may come to market in beads, joined as if forming a necklace, and covered with leaves (Tear Dragon's Blood), or in small, round sticks about 18 inches long, packed in leaves and strips of cane. Other varieties are found in irregular lumps, or in a reddish powder. They are known as lump, stick, reed, tear, or saucer Dragon's Blood.