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An evergreen palm either trunkless or with a short horizontal trunk reaching a height of up to 10 m.
Perennial. Flowers 3-4 years after planting and can be tapped by the time of the second flowering.
Nipa palm, Nipah, Goalpatta.
Scientific synonym: Nypa fruticans. Adapted to lowland conditions and often found along tidal estauries, creeks and mangrove in both salt and sweet water. Mentioned as a useful agroforestry species.
Hackett C 1982 pp 149 [FER, PHO, DEP, PH, TEXT, TEMP]
Purseglove J 1972 pp 427-428 [TEXT, DRA]
Troup R 1921 pp 972
Nair P 1984 pp 23 [RAIN, TEMP, TEXT, DEP, SAL, DRA, USE]
Thomlinson P 1986 pp 295
Zabala N 1990 pp 167-169 [SAL, DRA, RAIN, TEXT, LIG, USE]