PeterW's picture

Fly-tipped nuts

Observed: 21st February 2013 By: PeterW

These nuts, as shown were dumped into a ditch on a local farm. There were several cwt. of them Although they resemble nutmeg, they are not, being larger and having no scent when grated. I am concerned that they may be a biological hazard

  • Nutmeg hickory
    Confidence: It might be this.
    Likely ID
    Areca nut (Areca catechu)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


JonathanWallace's picture

Fly-tipping is illegal; you

Fly-tipping is illegal; you may wish to report this to either the Environmental Health Dept of your local council or the Environment Agency, either of which can investigate and take action as necessary.

Jonathan Wallace

steve_t's picture

Also known as the Betel Nut,

Also known as the Betel Nut, in some parts of the world it is chewed wrapped in betel leaves, from the plant, Piper betle. I think that chewing Areca nuts has been found to be carcinogenic.

D.M.H.'s picture

The Pacific Islanders also

The Pacific Islanders also add powered coral(lime) when chewing, turns their teeth all red.

All given ID's are subject to error/ommissions. Please seek independent verification before acting on ANY advice given. BE SAFE =)