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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota zebrina
 Caryota sp.
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul
Origin: India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPalm or palm-like

Monocarpic palm exhibiting an erect single trunk, up to 98 ft tall, bearing ringed scars left by fallen leaves. The trunk reaches its maximum height before bloom. Leaves are 9 to 20 ft long. Flowers are unisexual on monoecious plants, alternating on apical, branched inflorescences, enveloped by 2 carinate, marginally fibrous spathes. Fruits, as large as cherries, are globose and reddish. Blooms appear from top to lower branches, and after the last bloom on the lowest level the palm dies. The sap of this palm is very high in simple sugars. In India and other Asian countries, the palm is tapped for its syrup which is often fermented into an alcoholic beverage called toddy. The syrup is also processed into a granular sugar called jaggery.


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 Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota cumingii
Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota urens
Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota rumphiana
Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota sp., Solitary Fishtail Palm, Toddy Palm, Jaggery Palm, Wine Palm, Kitul

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Caryota zebrina


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This is an understory palm from Vanuatu (Tanna and Anatom islands) where it grows in the underwood of the humid forests, mainly along the coasts. The Snakeskin palm in habitat grows to about twenty feet tall, but much smaller in cultivation, with a trunk a foot and a half in diameter and when young is very difficult to distinguish from the Caryota zebrina. The leaves of C. ophiopelis are less glossy, a lighter green and thinner or finer, the leaflets less diamond shaped than Zebrina and mature trees would be much smaller than Zebrina. It will tolerate no cold, needs filtered light or shade, rich soil and ample water.
Caryota ophiopellis is a monoecious, monocarpic species (it does fructify only once then dies). Quite rare in cultivation, it arouses an increasing interest due to the unusual and showy coloration, in particular in the young plants. It requires a tropical or humid subtropical climate, a shady position during the young stage, slightly shaded when adult, and draining soils, slightly acidic to neutral, maintained humid. The starch contained in the stem, extracted with a special procedure and cooked to prepare a sort of bread, is still now utilized by the local populations.
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