The largest of the fishtail palms and often considered the most beautiful, with a large blackened trunk and evenly spaced leaves often creating an intriguing lacey pattern in several tones of green. It is a "must" item for all tropical gardens.
The Gigas grows extremely fast given the right conditions of warmth and humidity, together with a good rich soil.
The genus is monocarpic. Monocarpic palms begin to die slowly after blossoming. A process which can take many years. Gigas is a variety with a dark trunk and bipinnate leaves with wavy fern-like jagged leaflets, resembling a fishes tail.
Caryota have flowers of both sexes, so are able to produce fruit on the one tree. Seed and flesh of the trunk are reportedly caustic and need to be handled with care.
Caryota gigas - 300mm pot
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