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Rattan Cane (5661053551)
A rattan cane

Rattan (from the Malay rotan) is the name for about 600 species of old world climbing palms.

They belong to the subfamily Calamoideae.

Rattan is also known as manila, or malacca, after the ports of Manila and Malacca City, and as manau (from the Malay rotan manau, the trade name for Calamus manan canes in Southeast Asia).

The climbing habit comes with a flexible woody stem, got from a secondary growth. This makes rattan a liana rather than a normal or true wood. It grows much faster than most tropical wood.

'Dragon's blood' is a red resin used in dyes, varnishes and incense. It can come from the fruit of a rattan.

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