What is Rattan ?

What is Rattan

Rattan or rotan is the name for the roughly six hundred species of palms in the tribe Calameae, native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Most rattans are distinct from other palms in having slender stems about 2-5 cm diameter with long inter nodes between the leaves. heir consequent growth habit also differs, not being trees but vine-like, scrambling through and over other vegetation.

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They are also superficially similar to bamboo, but distinct in that the stems are solid, rather than hollow, and also in their need for some sort of support; while bamboo can grow on its own, rattan cannot. Many rattans are also spiny, the spines acting as hooks to aid climbing over other plants, and also to deter herbivores. Rattans have been known to grow up to hundreds of meters long.

Most of the world’s rattan population is exist in Indonesia, which distributed among Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes) and Sumbawa islands. Indonesia is the mostrattan furniture producer in the world. The rest is coming from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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