Areca Palm (Part 1)
Family - Arecaceae
Botanical name: Dypsis lutescens
Other names: Golden cane palm, Butterfly palm, yellow Palm, Bamboo palm.
The World's Most Popular Indoor Palm, is another hardy plant that does an excellent job as an indoor, air purifying plant and is a species of flowering plant in Arcea Family.
For a corner-of-the-house specimen, plant at least 4 feet away from the structure, making sure the palm won't eventually grow into eaves, gutters or roof lines.
It does an excellent job as an indoor, air purifying plant, with a particular penchant for formaldehydes, benzene and carbon monoxide. Interestingly, as an added benefit beyond air purification, it is also a natural and effective humidifier, producing a liter of ambient water every 24 hours, making it a well suited plant for dry climates or those with breathing troubles.
According to the NASA Clean Air Study and Dr BC Wolverton, the areca palm filters xylene and toluene from the air.
Toluene is one of the notorious ‘toxic trio’ (that also includes formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate) known to be hazardous to human health. It’s most commonly found in paint thinners, nail polish remover, glues, and correction fluid. Xylene is used as a solvent in the printing, rubber, and leather industries. These chemicals make their way into our homes and offices and their long-term, cumulative impacts are unknown.
It is extremely effective at removing toxins from indoor air.
Of the 50 plants that were tested for their ability to filter the air around us, ease of care and ability to add moisture to the surrounding atmosphere, the Areca Palm took first place scoring highly in all categories, meaning it was ranked the best houseplant at cleaning the air in our homes and offices.
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