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Calamus radiatus - Thwaites

Common Name Rotan Rays. Radial Leaf Rotan
Family Arecaceae
USDA hardiness 11-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp lowland forests at elevations below 300 metres[ 454 , 464 ].
Range E. Asia - Sri Lanka.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Calamus radiatus Rotan Rays. Radial Leaf Rotan


Calamus radiatus Rotan Rays. Radial Leaf Rotan

 

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Summary

The stems of Calamus radiatus are used as material in making baskets, bottoms of chairs, and in tying. Thin strips that are elastic and pliable are made from the stems which can be used as very strong ropes for towing, or for making the frames for hats. Common Names: Rattan


Physical Characteristics

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Calamus radiatus is an evergreen Climber growing to 50 m (164ft) by 4 m (13ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Palmijuncus radiatus (Thwaites) Kuntze

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Other uses rating: High (4/5). Other Uses The stems are used in basketry, as a tying material etc[ 454 ]. Although they can be many metres long, they only attain the thickness of a pencil[ 454 ]. In addition to their use in basket making, the stems are used for making the bottoms of chairs, for which purpose they are first split into long thin strips to render them elastic and pliable[ 454 ]. When twisted, they can be used as very strong ropes for towing purposes[ 454 ]. Finally, the thin strips cut from this cane are used for making the frames for hats used by some of the working classes in Sri Lanka[ 454 ].

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Cultivation details

Most species in this genus are more or less vigorous climbing plants in rainforests. In general, they are likely to grow best with their roots in the shade but with their stems able to grow up to the light. They are also likely to grow best in a humus-rich soil[ K ]. A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Common Names: Rattan, Rotan Rays. Radial Leaf Rotan

Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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