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chewing betel nut  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

chewing betel nut

Pinang commonly grown in home gardens, in parks or cultivated, sometimes growing wild on the banks of the river and other places, can be found from 1-1400 m asl. Slender-trunked tree, growing straight, 10-30 m tall, 15-20 cm in diameter, unbranched with the former leaves off. Pinnately compound leaves grow gather at the end of the rod to form rosette stem. Midrib leaf-shaped tube, length 80 cm, petiole short. 1 to 1.8 m length of the leaf blade, leaf child has a height of 85

cm, width 5 cm, with the tip torn and toothed. Cob flowers with a long sheath that easily fall out, come out from under the rosette leaves, about 75 cm long, with short stalks forked duplex. There are 1 female flowers at the base, topped many male flowers arranged in 2 rows stuck in the groove. Male flowers 4 mm long, white yellow, stamens 6. Female flowers about 1.5 cm long, green, will bear fruit one. The fruit buni, breech elongated ovoid, 3.5 to 7 cm long, stringy fruit wall, red-orange color when ripe. Seeds one, shaped like a short cone with a rounded tip, base somewhat flat with a shallow indentation, 15-30 mm long, the outer surface reddish brown to brown, slightly grooved nets resembling the color of younger ones. Top and innermost fronds lalab or eaten as pickles, while fruit is one of the ingredients for betel nut, and a plant producing tanning substances. Leaf midrib Sundanese called upih, used for food packaging, a compound for the manufacture of hats, etc.. Propagation by seed.

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