Calamus viminalis

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Name and publication

Calamus viminalis Willd., Sp. Pl. 2(1): 203 (1799).


The osier-like rattan palm, a climbing palm, has pale yellow (in its native state) fruits, about 0.5 cm across, resembling small, pointed cones, arranged in a raceme. These are known as “canella berries” in the potpourri trade. This palm also yields “palm spirals,” either as a tubular spiral or pyramidal spiral, the individual stems 0.5-1 cm wide, the entire spirals 5-10 cm high.

Nativity and distribution

Calamus viminalis is native to Indonesia but cultivated in India and Australia.


Arecaceae (alt. Palmae)