Giant Fishtail Palm Blooms

C. gigas flowers medium

Caryota gigas, known as the “Giant Fishtail Palm” or “Caryota King Kong,” is a monocarpic palm, meaning it blooms just once in its life and then dies! Our Giant Fishtails flank our Anini Stream valley, providing a beautiful palette of texture when seen from afar and towering above when walking amongst them. One of ours is in bloom now! Check out the giant, 4+ feet dangling flower cords: they look like dreadlocks or braids. the open flowers are gorgeous, creating a vivid tapestry that is very attractive to the bees.  In one of these pictures you can see another young green bloom peeking out behind the open flowers on the other side of the tree--those probably won't open until this fall. It looks like we have a lengthy bloom on our C. gigas, and we will be enjoying blooms for months to come before the plant sadly dies. With any luck, those bees will have done their job and we will be able to harvest viable seeds to propagate more palms to take this fella's place.

C. gigas full bloom

C. gigas flowers medium

Caryota gigas open flowers closeup