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Caryota

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Palms of the genus Caryota are commonly referred to as fishtails due to the shape of the leaf tip - Praemorse. They occur as either solitory trunked species or the more popular form, Caryota mitis which sucker and can produce a bushy screen of growth to approximately 6 meters. The leaves are praemorse hence the common name Fishtail. The palm produces copious amounts of seed which starts green and matures to dark purple/black. The seeds contain calcium oxylate raphides which are microscopic crystaline structures that can work their way into skin and cause an intense itch. If handling seeds, wear garden gloves and long sleeve shirt.
 
Caryota
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Caryota mitis
Clumping Fishtail Palm