Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and is used for furniture, handicrafts, and building material among others. It continues to be an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods in South and Southeast Asia. It belongs to the palm family (Arecales or Palmea) and is found from sea level up to 3,000 m. Around 600 species and 13 genera of rattan are known. Although most this species are native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia, there is a large variety in their distribution.
There are different types of palms, such as high or low climbers, single stemmed or clustered species. Some have very short and underground stems. Several species are known to reach lengths of 100m. This sheaths have spines for protection, along with ‘whips’ that are also covered with spines. These play a major role in supporting the rattan as it grows over trees and other plants in the rainforest.
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