English name: wild cane
Kosraen name: loa
Pohnpeian name: ahlek
Location collected: COM-FSM, behind the boys dorm.
Date collected: 04 December 1998
Collected by: Naimy Weilbacher
Habit: Shrub; It is terrestrial and mainly found in hot or dry areas.
Leaf shape and morphology: Linear leaf (2-4ft.) with parallel venation. Pubescent leaves are alternate (one on each node).
Stem type: is woody, with 10-15 ft. in lenght
Floral characteristics: It is often distingushed by its large plumose inflorescence that breaksup into units bearing two spikelets and peduncles hairy..
Uses: To Pohnpeians, they use the stem in building canoes.Herbarium •
Botany • Lee Ling