Fishtail Palm
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Fishtail Palm
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Fishtail Palm, Jaggery Palm, Toddy Palm, Wine Palm • Gujarati: શિવજટા Shivjata • Hindi: Mari • Kannada: ಬಗನೆ Bagane, ಬಗನಿ Bagani, ಬೈನೆ Baine, ಪೈನೆ Paine • Tamil: கொண்டல் பனை Kontalpanai • Malayalam: Anappana • Nepali: जगर Jagar • Mizo: Mei-hle
Botanical name: Caryota urens    Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)

Fishtail palm is a fast growing feather palm that makes a beautiful addition to the landscape. It has a gray trunk (grows to about 30') that is covered by regularly spaced leaf scar rings. Toddy palm has a leaf shape that resembles the lower fin of a fish. When these palms grow to reach 20', they start producing flowers at the top of the trunk with subsequent flowers produced lower and lower on the trunk. When the lowest flower blooms, the tree dies. Flowers are long plait like bunches hanging down. Toddy palm is an Asian species that grows from India to Burma and on the island country of Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

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