Caryota ophiopellis
The Snake palm

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 Caryota ophiopellis, snake palm






Cold Hardiness: 

Mid 30, F. (perhaps lower).

Trunk type:

Single trunk, pattern on trunk resembles the  skin of a particular type of native snake.

Leaf type:

Bipinnate.  Unique banding on petiole gives it the name




Somewhat difficult, likes warmth and humidity

Speed of growth:

Slow at first


20 to 30 feet

Soil requirements:

Good drainage

Sun Requirements:

Initially filtered, growing into more sun

General Description:

A sought-after collectors item that has unique markings on its leaf stems. 

Other Notes:

Noted by some authors to be the "missing link" between Caryota and Arenga.

Further Data:

Caryota zabrina may be more cold hardy and is similar.

Palm for sale/Availability:

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