According to a study by NASA, the palm is the number one best indoor air purifying plant. The areca palm is also capable of putting moisture into the air when it is needed and thrives in a humid area.
The best-known member of the genus is A. catechu, the areca nut palm. Several species of areca nuts, known for their bitter and tangy taste, raw or dried, are routinely used for chewing, especially in combination with the leaves of betel and dried leaves of tobacco. Areca nut is also popularly referred to as betel nut because of its usage for chewing with betel leaves. In Assam, areca nut is also known as tamul in the local dialect.
Areca is a genus of about 50 species of palms in the family Arecaceae, found in humid tropical forests from the islands of the Philippines, Malaysia and India, across Southeast Asia to Melanesia. The generic name Areca is derived from a name used locally on the Malabar Coast of India.Areca palms are relatively fast-growing and are usually planted in clumps. Over time, they form clumps on their own as well. In most indoor situations It is unlikely that an areca palm will live long enough to need frequent repotting. But if your palm thrives, you may need to repot it every other year or so. They also tend to do well when slightly underpotted. When repotting a clump, be careful not to damage the root ball or bury the palm too deep.