Sago palms, Metroxylon (Arecaceae) in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands: traditional and current uses

Dowe, John Leslie (2002) Sago palms, Metroxylon (Arecaceae) in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands: traditional and current uses. In: New Frontiers of Sago Palm Studies: proceedings of the International Symposium on SAGO, pp. 227-236. From: International Symposium on SAGO 2001, October 15-17, 2001, Tsukuba, Japan.

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Abstract

The sago palms Metroxylon salomonense (Warb.) Becc. and M. wareburgii (Heim) Becc. are widespread throughout eastern Melanesia. Sago was traditionally harvested from the stems of these plants, but presently this use is confined to the northern Solomon Islands. The palms are used throughout the region as material for building houses the leaves provide a durable thatch, and the pertioles are used for supports and beams. Minor uses for many parts of the palms have also been recorded. The natural distribution of both species has been obscured by the movement of plants by humans.

Item ID: 14376
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: sago; taxonomy
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ISBN: 978-4-946443-71-8
ISSN: 0915-8502
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 23:17
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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