giant mountain fishtail palm
Stem: Solitary, upright, to 30-35 m tall and 30 cm in diameter, older palms ringed with slender, widely-spaced leaf scars Leaves: Bipinnate, induplicate, to 7 m long, with dull green, pendulous leaflets growing in one plane. The leaflets are obdeltoid and praemorse. Flowers and fruit: Inflorescences are massive, 1-1.5 m long with many pendant branches with staminate flowers and pistillate flowers on the same inflorescence. Fruits are up to 2.5 cm long and pink to dark reddish-purple when ripe.
Caryota mitis, but C. mitis is a clustering, multi-stem palm.
Native to southern China through Southeast Asia to Java
Extreme care is required when handling the fruits, in which calcium oxylate crystals are found.
Caryota maxima Blume
Caryota aequatorialis Ridl.
Caryota obtusa, var. aequatorialis Becc