Common name: Palm Grass, Weevil Lily, Hill Coconut
Malay name: Lemba
Scientific name: Molineria latifolia
Conservation status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
An evergreen plant that produces a cluster of leaves from the roots. Leaves are lance-shaped and pleated. It bears clusters of small, yellow flowers at the base of the plant. Fruits are white and egg-shaped.
Habit: Perennial herbaceous plant
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds or divisions
Ecological function: The flowers of this tree attract pollinators. It can be planted as a groundcover.
Pollinator: Ants, bees
Soil: No data
Moisture: Fertile, moist, well-drained soils
Shade: Full shade, semi-shade
Use: The fruits and seeds of this plant are edible. Its leaves are used as food wrap and replacement of cotton in making ropes, fishing nets and fabrics.
Interesting fact: The fruits of this plant temporarily modify the perception of taste as if the water or food tastes sweet, although it is actually not.