Caryota urens L., Sp. Pl. 1189 1753.;

Images by Surajit Koley and tspkumar


commonly known as: fishtail palm, jaggery palm, toddy palm, wine palm • Hindi: बन खजूर ban-khajur, माड़ी mari • Kannada: bagani, baini, indu • Malayalam: ചൂണ്ടപ്പന cuuntappana • Marathi: भेरली माड bherli-maad, सुरमाड sur-maad • Sanskrit: श्रीताल sritalah • Tamil: கூந்தற்பனை kuntaypanai, திப்பிலிப்பனை tippili-p-panai • Telugu: జిలుగు jeelugu ;  




Palm for ID : 170511 : AK-1: Taken at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra on the 6th of April, 2011.
A small palm tree.

fishtail palmCaryota urens … commonly known as: bastard sago tree, fishtail palm, jaggery palm, toddy palm, wine palm • Hindi: बन खजूर ban-khajur, माड़ी mari • Kannada: ಬಯ್ನೆ bayne • Konkani: बिरलोमाड birlomaad • Malayalam: ചൂണ്ടപ്പന cuuntappana • Marathi: भेरली माड bherli-maad, सुरमाड sur-maad • Oriya: salap • Sanskrit: श्रीताल sritalah • Tamil: கூந்தற்பனை kuntaypanai, திப்பிலிப்பனை tippili-p-panai • Telugu: జిలుగు jeelugu

Caryota urens – Bherli Mad: Caryota urens or Fishtail Palm is known as Bherli Mad or Dongri Mad in Maharashtra.
Can anyone inform me about the origin / meaning of the name ‘Bherli Mad’?

I can only say that fishtail palm sap juice is like toddy which is taken by the tribals for intoxication. MAD is the starch of rice. The juice of fish tail palm is also milky white. In Bastar it is called sulfi, and the tribal who has this tree is considered  rich and lucky. 

भेरली माड bherali mad (variants: भेरला माड, भेरली भाड, भेरळ, भेरळी माड) … more commonly known as सुरमाड surmad

    सुर sur is generic name for liquor OR wine, and thus would भेरळ OR भेरल  bheral mean some kind of liquor … requesting Marathi-knowing friend to validate.
माड mad is generic name for palm in Konkan (used in both Marathi and Konkani)



efloraofindia:”For Id 23092011MR6’’ ?Fishtail palm Pune:  I think this is fishtail palm of Arecaceae (palm family) Caryota urens
It was very tall and this is all what I could capture.
There were many such leaves on the plant
No flowers or fruits were seen



efloraindia: 041111 BRS126: Sharing the images of Fishtail Palm (Caryota urens).
Most favourite fodder plant for the elephants.
The longevity of the plant recorded by us is 21 years.

21 years I feel is too short. We have few trees in our College already more than 30 years old.




Palm Trees of Bangalore – RA – Caryota urens – Fish Tailed Palm Tree:   Fishtail palm is a fast growing feather palm that makes a beautiful addition to the landscape.  

It has a gray trunk (grows to about 30′) that is covered by regularly spaced leaf scar rings. Toddy palm has a leaf shape that resembles the lower fin of a fish.
When these palms grow to reach 20′, they start producing flowers at the top of the trunk with subsequent flowers produced lower and lower on the trunk. When the lowest flower blooms, the tree dies. Flowers are long plait like bunches hanging down.  
Toddy palm is an Asian species that grows from India to Burma and on the island country of Sri Lanka. 




arecaceae? from Hooghly 14-01-13 sk1: This is common around our school. I think once it was planted as ornamental and later it self propagated. Is it a Ptychosperma species?
Species : UNKNOWN
H & H : a palm in the wild, about 20 ft
Date : 10/1/13
Place : Hooghly

Looks like a Fish Tail Palm to me, Caryota urens.

Good morning …, thank you very very much, found many similar pics in google-search.

A lovely tree… If there are bats near the trees, they bite off the inside of the bunches of fruit and throw it to the ground; until there’s just a curtain of fruit shielding them from view and roost inside there! When one walks very quietly underneath such a tree, one can see them inside! 🙂

Thank you very much …, will take a note. There is certainly a colony of bats nearby, in a cemetery, on a Ficus tree.

Caryota urens : Arecaceae : MNP,Mumbai : 250614 : AK-48 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5). 

Sharing pictures of Fishtail Palm taken at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai.

Pictures taken on 27/4/14.



Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: SN Aug 05 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Caryota urens L. a wild palm tree frequently available in the western ghats area



Caryota urens L.
Fishtail palm, jaggery palm
Palm from Tropical Asia, commonly planted in Delhi



Aracaceae, Araceae & Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14Aug14: Caryota urens (Arecaeae) from Uttarakhand_DSR_7 :

3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Caryota urens L. is a common palm planted in Pantnagar.

Nice closeup of the inflorescence…thanks …



Attachments (1).



Earlier identified – efi thread




Reposting under Family Fortnight.



Images of fish tail palm from Pinjore Garden (June 10)




Attached are pictures of Caryota urens captured at MNP, Mumbai in April 2014.




IBG today : Arecaceae : unknown09 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
This is like fishtail palm, but leaves are not usual green.

Yes, this is Caryota urens..

Yes, Nice photographs




This majestic palm has made its way in most of the gardens..
Sharing these pics from the one in my College..



MS Jan., 2015/003 Caryota sp. for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : W.Bunghmun, Mizoram
Altitude : c. 800 m.
Date : 26-04-2013
Habit : Tall unbranched palm
Habitat : Both wild and cultivated

Caryota urens.

yes, seems to be C. urens



Help please! : 6 posts by 4 authors. 1 image.
This is called “panayola” in malayalam, but wondering the binomen, could someone pls help? I hope it’s not Ginkgo! and is not Borassus (palmyra palm)

… this could be Caryota urens, the fishtail palm.

Yes …

… is on the right tracklooks like terminal segment of leaf of fishtail palm, 

I saw trailing replies only now, and thanks a lot, it might be Caryota urens.



TSP-DEC2015-45-218: Images of Caryota urens (Arecaceae) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Caryota urens (Arecaceae 

Habit: Palm 

Habitat: Moist deciduous forests 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl. 

Date: 05-06-2014, 24-06-2014, 25-11-2014 and 04-12-2014 



Caryota urens L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Location:  Godawari, Nepal  
Date: 18 April 2018
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Habit: Cultivated
Nepali Name : जगर Jagar 



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