Localities documented in Tropicos sources
Sri Lanka (Asia)
Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
- Flora of China Editorial Committee. 2010. Fl. China 23: 1–515. Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden Press, Beijing & St. Louis. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/100001734
Calamus is a genus of the palm family Arecaceae. These are among several genera known as rattan palms. There are some 325 species in this genus, all with a palaeotropical distribution. They are mostly leaf-climbers with slender, reedy stems. To aid scrambling some species have evolved hooks on the underside of the midrib, or more commonly by modified pinnae in the form of stout, backward-pointing spines. These stems may grow to lengths of 200 metres. 
Calamus australis is known as the hairy mary.
Diversity[edit source | edit]
- Calamus adspersus
- Calamus aruensis Becc. - Bamaga wait-a-while
- Calamus australis Mart.- lawyer cane, wait-a-while or hairy mary 
- Calamus caryotoides Mart. - fishtail lawyer cane
- Calamus compsostachys
- Calamus egregius
- Calamus gibbsianus
- Calamus moti F.M.Bailey
- Calamus muelleri H.Wendl. - southern lawyer vine
- Calamus obovoideus
- Calamus radicalis H.Wendl. & Drude
- Calamus rotang
- Calamus suaveolens W.J.Baker & J. Dransf.
- Calamus tenuis
- Calamus vitiensis Warb. ex Becc. - : Dunk Island lawyer vine, Mission Beach wait-a-while
- Calamus wailong
- Calamus warburgii K.Schum. - Iron Range wait-a-while
- Calamus zeylanicus
References[edit source | edit]
Calamus is a genus of Old World climbers that produce rattan, a structural material used to make furniture of the same name.
- Bennett, B.C. 2007. Chapter 3: Twenty-five Important Plant Families. B.C. Bennett, editor. UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. http://eolss.net.