Something Fishy

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By Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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This is not a fish out of water but the leaflet of Caryotamitis, also known as the Clustering Fish Tail Palm, that is native to the Philippines.  Originally, I wanted the  Caryotacumingii but all Caryota species are monocarpic and I was hesitant to lose my palm after blooming.  I opted for the C. mitis because of its clustering habit.  At least this will ensure that I will enjoy the plant much longer.

This plant is highly ornamental because of its unique leaves and leaflets.

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My Caryotamitis now has two trunks and another smaller one is starting to emerge.  This species has a white flower but my palm hasn't bloomed yet.  I don't want to rush the blooming process either.  Why not?  I'll say it again . . . "monocarpic".

It likes full sun and moist soil.  I also use animal dung as fertilizer. No need for an aquarium to keep this plant alive.

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Isn't it surreal to have three green "fishes" floating in air?