Caryota sympetala

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Caryota sympetala - a clumping species from Lao PDR and Vietnam. Again it looks like a juvenile of C. mitis until it flowers. Its inflorscences are shorter, fatter and altogether more massive than C. mitis, yet they are borne on a short (rarely more than 1.5 m tall) slender stem. There are also good differences in the flowers and fruit. I have seen this species growing along rivers in seasonal forest at c. 700 m elevation in Lao.

(from a posting to the IPS's [[" Palm Talk, by Dr. John Dransfield).

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