|"Nipa palms yield a woody nut. When the nuts are ripe, they separate from the |
flower ball and float away on the tide, occasionally germinating while still water-borne."
The nipa palm lives in the Philippines and has a horizontal trunk that grows beneath the ground. Only the leaves, that can extend up to 30 feet, and the flower stalks, grow above the surface. They are commonly found on coasts and rivers that flow into the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Bangladesh to the Pacific Islands.
The leaves are used in many types of basketry and also as roof material for thatched houses or dwellings. The Nipah sap is used to feed pigs on islands in the Timor Sea during the dry season. And young leaves are used to wrap tobacco for smoking.
Here's a hand-printed picture, by Etsy artist pabili, from Sydney, Australia, called Bahay Kubo, or Nipa Hut.
|Bahay Kubo, by pabili.|
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