Herbarium Sheet Detail
NTBG Plant Name:
[Common name in Palau is Chebiei]
February 15, 1998
Seedling, 3 m, shallow to moderately dissected with 1-3 pairs of lobes. Smooth, flexible, glossy blade. No to few hairs on upper veins.
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.
Leaf material removed for DNA study - Lauren Audi (The Chicago Botanic Garden), 1 Dec 2017
Date of Record Creation:
December 16, 2017
Date of Last Update:
March 23, 2023
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