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Jun 2012 – Caryota No

Caryota No

Caryota No
(Giant Fishtail Palm, Sarawak Fishtail Palm)

This is one of the biggest of all the fishtail palms and is a true majestic giant in all respects. Plants may grow to more than 25 meter tall with a trunk 50 cm or more across and have a crown of obliquely arching to horizontal fronds which have stiff pinnae and pendulous leaflets.

The crowded leaf-bases usually hide the trunk. Individual fronds may grow to 4 meter long and be nearly 3 meter wide. The grey trunk is stout and bulging in a manner reminiscent of Roystonea Regia. Inflorescences which may measure over 2.5 meter long, carry cream flowers or large, black fruit, each of which contain two seeds.

This species, native of Borneo would be an excellent palm for the tropical lowlands...

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Apr 2011 – Roystonea Regia

Roystonea Regia

Roystonea Regia
(Cuban Royal Palm, 大王椰子)

This majestic palm is the national tree of Cuba where it is still abundant, growing on fertile soils to about 1000 meters altitude.

The bulging, concrete-white trunks are a useful guide to its identity. The bulge is usually present in the middle but may occur anywhere along its length. Its plumose leaves carried in a graceful, rounded crown and the oblong fruit, which are flattened or compressed on one side are also distinctive.

In its native country the trunks are cut for timber, the leaf-bases are used as a water-proof covering for bales of tobacco and the fruits (called ‘palmiche’) are used to feed pigs. Cuban Royal Palm is a familiar sight as it is very commonly planted throughout the tropics and to a lesser extent, the subtropics...

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