Caryota mitis

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Fishtail palm, Clustering Fishtail Palm, Burmese fishtail palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Caryota mitis Lour.
Fishtail palm, Clustering Fishtail Palm, Burmese fishtail palm.
South-eastern Asia.
Infrequent

DESCRIPTION

Several trunks
Pinnate
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 30 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

0ºC
Fertile
Fast
Strong
Semi sombra
Good
Low
No
Low
Medium difficulty
Low

It is native to tropical humid forests.

It has green bipinnate leaves with characteristic dentate leaflets ( in a fishtail shape ). This clustered palm loses its trunks when it has finished bearing fruit.

It needs a humid atmosphere and well-drained rich soil to thrive. It is sensitive to the salinity of the water and dry winds.

Its resistance to the cold is limited and it suffers when the temperature drops to zero degrees centigrade.

It prefers to live in semi-shade and, like all Caryotas, when it is grown in limerich soil microelements must be added when fertilising.

The pulp of its fruit is an irritant.

It is used as a house plant but it needs a very humid atmosphere and a good degree of light.