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Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis) Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis) Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis) Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)
Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)
Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)
Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)
Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)

Bertam palm (Eugeissona tristis)

The flowers of the Bertam Palm contain nectar which has an alcohol content of 4% due to the presence of yeasts. This makes it one of the highest alcohol concentrations found in nature. The sweet nectar attracts several species of mammals for pollination, including the pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii). This tree shrew is the only mammal i.. Read more
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The flowers of the Bertam Palm contain nectar which has an alcohol content of 4% due to the presence of yeasts. This makes it one of the highest alcohol concentrations found in nature. The sweet nectar attracts several species of mammals for pollination, including the pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii). This tree shrew is the only mammal in the world that consumes alcohol every night. Its daily consumption is roughly equivalent to 10 to 12 glasses of wine, which is obviously a huge amount for this small animal. However, the pen-tailed shrew is able to break down the alcohol immediately, so it is not bothered by it. For mice and squirrels that sometimes come to drink from the flowers, however, it will be a different story.    
 
The flowers grow in a huge inflorescence sometimes as large as 5 feet. Surrounded by large, feathery leaves that can grow up to 8 feet tall in the tropics. The species is native to the western part of Malaysia and occurs mainly as a pioneer in disturbed areas. For example, clearings in the rainforest or along edges near agricultural areas. The unripe fruits can be eaten and the leaves are used by locals as roofing material.
 
As a houseplant, the plant remains relatively small and may also not flower. Provide a sunny location, well-drained soil and plenty of water. 

Sowing description: The large seed can be soaked in water for 24 hours. Then sow in sowing and cutting soil at 25-30grC. Keep the soil constantly slightly moist, after which germination will follow after a few months (or later). 

Product specification

Family:
Arecaceae
Scientific name:
Eugeissona tristis
Common name:
Bertam palm
Native to:
Malaysia
Sowing time:
All year round
Difficulty level:
Challenge
Minimum temperature:
10 degrees Celsius

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Product specification

Family:
Arecaceae
Scientific name:
Eugeissona tristis
Common name:
Bertam palm
Native to:
Malaysia
Sowing time:
All year round
Difficulty level:
Challenge
Minimum temperature:
10 degrees Celsius
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