Nipa fruticansDescription: This palm has a short, mainly underground trunk and very large, erect leaves up to 6 meters tall. The leaves are divided into leaflets. A flowering head forms on a short erect stern that rises among the palm leaves. The fruiting (seed) head is dark brown and may be 30 centimeters in diameter.Habitat and Distribution: This palm is common on muddy shores in coastal regions throughout eastern Asia.Edible Parts: The young flower stalk and the seeds provide a good source of water and food. Cut the flower stalk and collect the juice. The juice is rich in sugar. The seeds are hard but edible.Other Uses: The leaves are excellent as thatch and coarse weaving material.
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