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Title: Use and management of Nipa palm (Nypa fruticans, arecaceae): a review
Authors: Hamilton, L.S.
Murphy, D.H. 
Issue Date: Apr-1988
Citation: Hamilton, L.S., Murphy, D.H. (1988-04). Use and management of Nipa palm (Nypa fruticans, arecaceae): a review. Economic Botany 42 (2) : 206-213. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Nipa palm (Nypa fruticans,) is a useful, versatile, and fairly common component of mangrove forests of Asia and Oceania. Because of its usefulness, it has been introduced into West Africa. In addition to a host of local subsistence uses ranging from medicines to hats and raincoats, some important commercial uses have led to management efforts and are initiating a new interest in its potential. Sap production from nipa produces an intoxicating beverage, sugar, vinegar, and alcohol that may be used as fuel. The tapping of nipa for sap involves a rather unusual kicking or beating process called "gonchanging. " Further research in nipa sap production, together with development of more efficient collection and handling methods, might greatly enhance the usefulness of this palm. © 1988 The New York Botanical Garden.
Source Title: Economic Botany
ISSN: 00130001
DOI: 10.1007/BF02858921
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