Caryota urens

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Jaggery palm, Fishtail palm, Toddy palm, Wine palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Caryota urens L.
Jaggery palm, Fishtail palm, Toddy palm, Wine palm.
India. South-eastern Asia.
Infrequent

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Pinnate
Less than 15 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 30 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

- 2ºC
Fertile
Fast
Strong
Semi sombra
Good
Low
No
Low
Medium difficulty
Low

This is found in woody areas up to an altitude of 300 metres.

Known as the fishtail palm because of its leaves with dentate leaflets, it flowers and then produces fruit all along its trunk from the top to the bottom before dying having completed the process (monocarpic palm) .

It grows very rapidly in good growing conditions, with rich, well drained soil and high humidity. In lime- rich soil magnesium and microelements must be added.

It bears a great bunch of fruit which contains calcium oxalate and therefore can irritate the skin when handled.

They make a very popular alcoholic drink, called toddy, by fermenting its sap in the countries where this species is native.