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One of the hardiest feather (as opposed to fan-) palms, Butia will withstand 14F or 10F when larger. Beautiful blue-green leaves, strongly recurved, make it instantly recognisable. An essential palm for the exotic garden. Tolerant of the weather in high rainfall regions. Also wonderful as a conservatory palm, or even indoors if the light is bright enough. Ultimately it can grow to about 10 or 20 feet, though this will take some years. The fruit from this palm are used to make jelly, hence the name jelly palm.
A large Butia with a thick trunk. Leaves tend to be generally much greener than Butia capitata. Fruit and seed is round, flowers and fruits range from red to yellow in color. The fruit is delicious to eat when ripe.
This plant needs plenty of sun. A very slender and elegant palm from northern Australia with gracefully recurving, V-shaped leaves. It is suitable for mild subtropical and tropical climates and, if heavily fertilized and watered, will develop with breathtaking speed. Carpentarias can be used indoors, being popular triple planted. In a community of mixed species they will outgrow the others, adding height to the garden quickly.
The best-known and perhaps prettiest of the genus, this is a clustering species with leaflets shaped like fishes tails. It is tolerant of low light, and requires lots of water at all times of the year. This, together with an occasional feed, will ensure its good health. Good interior palm.
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.
In nature, this attractive palm grows in or near fast flowing streams, hence the specific name. In the home it requires a good supply of water, and medium light. It has dark green foliage, is very easy to care for, and makes a perfect house plant.
One of the most popular palms in the world, its ability to put up with low light, drought and general abuse is legendary. Additionally it flowers when still quite young. Too well known to need any description, it has been in use since Victorian times and is suitable for home or conservatory. A very attractive, small, single stemmed palm, to about 6ft tall, with light green colors, pinnate leaves. Its usually seen in clumps, since it looks more attractive this way, however this is just due to multiple seeds being sown together.