Caryota urens

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Figure 2. C. urens - close-up of the leafletsFigure 3. C. urens - flowering plant in Mt. Cootha Botanic Gardens.


Common Names:

Jaggery Palm
Toddy Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Forests of India, Sri Lanka, and Burma.


Large, solitary palm, to about 20m, with a grey trunk, and gracefull, arching bipinnate leaves.


These palms are monocarpic. They flower from the top down, and once the last fruit on the bottom inflorescence matures, the plant dies.


Full sun in deep well drained soil. Will thrive even in warm temperate regions.

Figure 1. C. urensFigure 4. C. urens inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
(Figures 1&2)
Mike Gray (Figure 3)
Rik Schuiling (Figure 4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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