Korthalsia furtadoana J.Dransf., Kew Bull. 36: 185 (1981)

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Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Borneopresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
A local rattan found scattered in Brunei at altitudes up to 550 m above sea level. Elsewhere widespread throughout the northern part of Borneo. (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Brunei Darussalam. 1997)A


Biology And Ecology




  • Slender, clustering, high-climbing rattan, branching in the canopy, to 20 m or more. Stem without sheaths 5-8 mm diam., with sheaths 8-10 mm diam., internodes 8-15 cm. Sheaths mid to pale green, armed with scattered triangular black spines 1-4 mm and caducous dark scales. Ocrea inflated, 3-7 × 1.2-1.5 cm, armed with sparse triangular black spines to 4 mm; ants usually abundant. Leaf to 105 cm including cirrus to 60 cm and petiole to 7 cm; leaflets 4-6 on each side of the rachis, generally rather narrow rhomboid, to 20 × 7 cm, borne on short stalks to 3 mm, upper leaflet surface bright green, whitish indumentum beneath; transverse veinlets close, fine, conspicuous. Inflorescences usually only 2 produced, each usually with 4 or fewer rachillae; rachillae robust, 14-17 × 1.5-2 cm, not tomentose in appearance, the rachilla bracts conspicuous. Fruit ovoid, to 20 × 12 mm, covered in 21-22 vertical rows of reddish brown scales. Seed to 12 × 9 mm; endosperm deeply ruminate. Seedling leaf bifid. (Fig. 8). (J. Dransfield, The Rattans of Brunei Darussalam. 1997)A

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