Nicobar Palm
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Nicobar Palm
E Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Nicobar Palm, Bentinck Palm
Botanical name: Bentinckia nicobarica    Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)
Synonyms: Orania nicobarica

Nicobar Palm is an attractive palm that at first glance looks like a King Palm, but can be differentiated by the slightly arched leaves and the exceptionally long, yellow-green crownshaft with the slight bulge at the base. It grows up to about 20 m tall and girth is about 25 cm. It is a solitary palm, and has arching pinnate leaves and a light green crown shaft. Inflorescences arise from below the lowest frond, cream, spirally arranged. Fruits are globular, black, about 1 cm in diameter, and the single seed is grooved on one side. Nicobar Palm is endemic to Nicobar island.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Redskin Island, South Andaman.

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