Jaggery Palm, Toddy Palm
Did you know that many cultivated trees labeled Caryota urens are actually
misidentified? The true C. urens grows only in southern India and Sri
Lanka and, despite popular belief, it is not commonly cultivated. Therefore,
many cultivated trees are only called C. urens as it is the easiest name
to apply to a large, solitary Caryota in a genus that is in desperate
taxonomic confusion. What we believe to be the true C. urens is a large
tree with a thick and comparatively short trunk, and huge, slightly ascending,
rather flattish leaves (as opposed to more slender, trunked species with
shorter, strongly tumbling leaf habit, such as C. maxima and C. "Himalaya").
As our seeds come from C. urens' natural habitat in S. India, you can
rest assured that it is true to name. Taxonomic trouble aside, C. urens
is a reliable and fast-growing palm, well suited to tropical as well as
warm temperate climates.