Calamus tanakadatei Furtado, Gard. Bull. Singapore 15: 225 (1956)

Primary tabs

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Malaya present (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Trengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Johore. Endemic. (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Discussion

  • Calamus tanakadatei is found predominantly in the south of the Peninsula. It is found in a variety of habitats from near sea-level to about 500 m altitude on steep slopes and gently undulating topography. It apparently avoids swamp forest.
    This species is still not very well known. It is very close to C. holttumii from which however it may be distinguished by the leaves drying shiny dirty green to blackish and the very sparse spines on the leaf sheath. (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Common Name

  • rotan tekok (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Etymology

  • Prof. Hidezo Tanakadate, - who helped protect the Botanic Gardens, Singapore and other Scientific Institutions during the Japanese Occupation (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Uses

  • Good cane of 7-10 mm size class, but probably too local to be of much significance. (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Description

  • Solitary or clustering rattan with stems to 20 m tall. Stem without sheaths to 1 cm in diameter, with sheaths to 1.75 cm, with internodes to 20 cm long. All parts drying shiny dirty green to blackish. Sheaths dark green armed with horizontal rough ridges and rarefy with scattered dark green spines to 5 mm long and abundant buff-coloured indumentum between the spines. Knee conspicuous. Ocrea sometimes well developed, to 1 cm high. Flagellum to 1.5 m. Leaf ecirrate to 80 cm long, with no petiole or petiole to 15 cm long; leaflets generally broad and somewhat plicate, rather rarely narrow, 11-18 on each side the longest to 30 cm long by 4 cm wide, ± unarmed except for sparse bristles near the tip. Inflorescences male and female superficially similar, to 3 m long with up to 7 partial inflorescences to 30 cm long. Mature fruit not known. (J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979)A

Bibliography

    A. J. Dransfield, A Manual of the rattans of the Malay Peninsula. Malayan Forest Recirds 29.. 1979
    B. World Checklist of Arecaceae