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Caryota mitis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kair-ee-OH-tah MY-tiss
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Solitary or clustered, unbranched stems; leaves large, long-stalked, arching, bi-pinnately divided into leaflets which are widest above the middle and irregularly toothed at apex; fruit a fleshy berry

Found in: Houseplant or interiorscape

Family name Arecaceae (Palmae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves 6 1/2-13' long, bipinnate
  • Pinnules resemble fish tails: asymmetrical, incised

Large subtropical to 40', upright with arching branches. Used as large, tree-form specimen. 

Prefers medium light and low-med relative humidity; water when soil is dry; pest problems

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#palm#fern-like#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#palm#fern-like#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Caryota
    Species:
    mitis
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. China to Indo-China and Malesia
    Edibility:
    Seed kernels are edible
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Fleshy berry
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves large, long-stalked, arching, bi-pinnately divided into leaflets which are widest above the middle and irregularly toothed at apex. bipinnate; pinnules asymmetrical, deltoid, apex highly incised; sheaths felted and scaly, disintegrating into black fibers; 6 1/2-13'.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Solitary or clustered, unbranched stems. Leaf bases and sheaths fibrous, becoming bare and ringed.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. Burning and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, and throat; difficulty of speaking; redness and swelling of skin and eyes after handling berries
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits