Fishtail palm (Caryota)

A group of distinctive palms comprising about twelve different species grown as tub or garden ornamentals. The plants may be either solitary stemmed or clumped.
The flowers occur in a many-branched inflorescence of numerous, cream or green coloured flowers.
The leaves or fronds are very long (up to 7m) with very distinctive fishtail shaped leaflets.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant

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Common name: Fishtail palm

Botanical name: Caryota species (most common species Caryota mitis, Caryota urens)

Other common names: Clustered fishtail palm, solitary fishtail palm

Family: Arecaceae

General description: A group of distinctive palms comprising about twelve different species grown as tub or garden ornamentals. The plants may be either solitary stemmed or clumped.

Flowers: The flowers occur in a many-branched inflorescence of numerous, cream or green coloured flowers.

Leaves: The leaves or fronds are very long (up to 7m) with very distinctive fishtail shaped leaflets.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit are berries about 1cm in diameter, becoming red or black when mature. These are borne on numerous long stems.

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Symptoms: The whole plant contains needle-like calcium oxalate crystals which if chewed or eaten can produce a burning sensation in the mouth. Skin contact can result in burning, itching and dermatitis.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant

Warning:

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