(Calamus maximus) is the most versatile material used in the manufacturing industry. It is the general name for all climbing palms. It is used to make furniture and small accessories, mostly baskets. Rattan poles can be split, formed into various shapes and can be dyed, stained, bleached, etc.
Rattan is not considered as a seasonal plant, it grows all year round, there is no harvesting season, and that it grows faster compared to all other tropical wood. With the growing deforestation and logging problem, rattan planting and harvesting is one of the best alternative to the scarcity of timber products. This plant also serves as the secondary forest cover which would serve as protection to much more smaller plants. It is also a possible small-scale cultivation alongside fruit and rubber trees.
- Furniture products including sofas, chairs, tables, mats, and many more types.
- Rattan’s flexibility, strength and durability make it perfect for crafts and all other artistic items.The plant is also noted as the material used for canes not just for oldies but martial artists as well. That’s correct, for in the Philippines, they are proud of their unique Arnis or Eskrima, a sporting martial art which in the past is used as a self-defense. This martial art specifically requires the use of a rattan-cane or stick.
- The inner core of the plant including its shoot is edible and is part of the local delicacies of the specified countries. The fruit is also edible and sometimes fermented to become vinegar.
Most natives or locals from the rattan rich countries employ the aid of this sturdy plant in their home building projects. It is heavily used as a housing material in the rural areas. The skin of the plant is used for weaving.