Herbarium Sheet Detail
NTBG Plant Name:
[Common name in Palau is Chebiei]
February 17, 1998
Melvin Toribiong, Leeman Singeo, Jim Wiseman
Rock Islands. Ngeremdui Beach. Growing to right of house of M. Toribiong.
No fruits. Leaves entire or shallowly to moderately dissected with 1-3 pairs of lobes. Smooth, flexible blade. Profuse, appressed red hairs on lower veins. Numerous seedlings on ground beneath tree, all about 40 cm in height. Trees fruited about three months prior (M. Toribiong). Large tree with robust trunk 1.2 m diameter and first branches 7 m above ground. Large buttress roots, more than 1 m high. Leaves slightly more elongate than DR 579. Tree 15-18 m.
Specimen preserved in 70% alcohol before drying.
Fruits used to prepare telib, fermented breadfruit, in sout6hern islands.Trees grow wild on limestone karst of Peleliu and Rock Islands and on limestone outcroppings on volcanic usland of Babeldaob. Trees are also cultivated in coastal areas of Babeldaob. Fruit bats observed carrying sections of fruits as they flew, distributing seeds throughout the islands. On Babeldaob the name Ebiei refers to both trees and fruit, while dekar refers to the seeds. Peleliuans call trees and fruit dekar. The name Meduuliou means 'breadfruit of below', found mainly in the southern, lower regions of Palau. Informant: Naito Soaladaob. Remove seeds from ripe fruits, boil in salted water. To roast after boiling, peel brown skin and riast on racks above a fire. Trees of Ebiei or Meduu (seedless breadfruit) are used for house construction and canoes.
2 sheets 027852 & 027853
Date of Record Creation:
December 12, 2018
Date of Last Update:
June 3, 2022
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