|Borassus subsp. var.|
Borassus (Palmyra Palm) is a genus of six species of fan palms, native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and New Guinea. They are tall palms, capable of growing up to 30 m high. The leaves are long, fan-shaped, 2 to 3 m in length. The flowers are small, in densely clustered spikes, followed by large, brown, roundish fruits.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Borassus (an old name, of no significance here). Palmaceae, tribe Borassinae. Tall unarmed palms, with ringed trunks.
Leaves large, palmately flabelliform; plicate sheath short; petiole spiny; ligule short rigid: fls. small, densely packed in pits on the catkin-like branches of a spathe which comes out between the Lvs.; stamens 6.: fr. large, subglobose, brown. — Species 1. Trop. Afr. For cult., see Latania. The seeds are very hard and do not germinate readily unless given strong bottom heat and abundant moisture.
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- Borassus aethiopum - African Palmyra Palm (and other names) (tropical Africa)
- Borassus akeassii - Ake Assi's Palmyra Palm (West Africa)
- Borassus flabellifer - Asian Palmyra palm/Lontar palm/Doub palm/Sea Coconut (southern Asia and southeast Asia)
- Borassus heineanus - New Guinea Palmyra Palm (New Guinea)
- Borassus madagascariensis - Madagascar Palmyra Palm (Madagascar)
- Borassus sambiranensis - Sambirano Palmyra Palm (Madagascar)