Slowly, our efforts to get the qualities of rattans as cultivated plants
recognized are being rewarded, and here is another species to add to the
short list of those now available for culture. While the spines may be
a drawback for some, the prettiness of the young plants, and their ease
and speed of growth far outweighs this, and it is certain that their popularity
will be assured in the future. Calamus latifolius is a medium sized, short
stemmed species with few but large, elliptic leaflets, ranging from NE-India
to S-Burma. It is suited to subtropical and tropical climates.