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Widespread through Southeast Asia, from Burma and China south to the Malay Peninsula and the Andaman Islands, this climbing rattan palm is found in rainforests, often on marshy ground along the coast. Its slender, clustering stems reach a length of 20 m (65 ft.) and can be made into an excellent, shiny yellowish green rattan cane. Its leaves hold clusters of wide, fanned leaflets and a cirrus at their tip, a whiplike, thorny extension of the leaf-midrib that helps the palm climb but may also catch those reaching for its prized, edible fruits. These are covered with small, yellowish scales that form a snakeskin pattern and make them look as appealing as they are tasty.