Clustering fishtail palm

 
 

Clustering fishtail palm, or Burmese fishtail palm, is native to India, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands. It reaches a height of 30 feet, with several ringed trunks up to 6 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 3 feet long, wide and twice compound, the leaflets are triangular and have a jagged border. Inflorescences are up to 1.5 feet long and are produced at the leaf axils starting from the top, the stem dies after producing the lowest inflorescence but the palm continues to live by producing new stems. Ripe fruits are purple and up to three-quarters of an inch in diameter. Stems  The fruits contain oxalic acid, a poisonous compound that irritates the skin and eyes. The generic name means nut, in reference to the fruit. The species name means without spines.

The photographed palm is in front of the Monzón Building. The are other specimens in front of the Chemistry Building, west of and behind the de Diego Building, and at the Natatorium sports complex.

Caryota mitis (Arecaceae)