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Caryota gigas - Giant Thai Mountain Fishtail Palm at the San Diego Zoo


Caryota gigas - Giant Thai Mountain Fishtail Palm at the San Diego Zoo (Caryota gigas - Giant Thai Mountain Fishtail Palm)

A very large Giant Thai Mountain Fishtail Palm growing at the San Diego Zoo. There's several dozen growing at the zoo.
Photo taken Sept. 22, 2008.



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It certainly is big!.....lovely tree...

21 Dec, 2009

 

Amblealice:

Yes, it's even bigger now...this photo was taken over a year ago. I'll have to take a new pic soon...to show the difference in growth.

21 Dec, 2009

 

That will be interesting to see.....

21 Dec, 2009

 

Amblealice:

I may take a photo of the two trees in this area...you can see part of the other tree's frond on the left.

21 Dec, 2009

 

Huge but those leaves also look very attractive. Didn't expect it to be as tall as that.

18 Feb, 2013

 

You can see the people below for scale. This tree is still a baby!

There's two Caryota gigas on each side of this bird aviary. You can see part of the frond on the left. There's several dozens of C. gigas at the San Diego Zoo. Also, there's several other tall species like: Caryota urens, ochlandra, mitis (a smaller species), obtusa and rumphiana.

18 Feb, 2013

 

i wonder if google maps would let me wander round the zoo? its nice when they plant put interesting plants into places.

what sort of bark does it have ~ does it feel off quite freely?

18 Feb, 2013

 

Google maps can take you anywhere. I'm sure you can see most of the San Diego Zoo on Google maps.

I have hundreds of photos from the San Diego Zoo posted on GoY. I belong to the Zoological Society, so I can visit the zoo anytime. It's only a 10 minute drive from my house.

19 Feb, 2013

 

That's great! Can you hear the animals from your house? I used to live about 3 miles from the Woburn wild animal kingdom who had lions but you never seemed to hear them beyond the enclosure!

19 Feb, 2013

 

LOL! No, I live 10 miles inland from the San Diego Zoo.

When I first move to San Diego I lived 3 miles from the zoo. However, I still could not hear the animals.

20 Feb, 2013

 

maybe roaring animals are louder in the imagination than in reality!!

20 Feb, 2013

 

That's probably true! :>)

20 Feb, 2013

 

:-))

20 Feb, 2013

 

very nice, what happened? why isn't it there anymore?

30 Oct, 2017

 

This whole area is under construction it's a new area with a huge waterfall. I think it'll be the largest man-made waterfall in the U.S.

I'm upset they took out the two giant fishtail palms.

I hope they have them stored somewhere until they can put them back. San Diego Zoo is very good at preserving and moving their trees. The plants are actually insured for more than the animals at the San Diego Zoo.

30 Oct, 2017

 

I'm sure they're being taken care of whoever has them.

30 Oct, 2017

 

The fishtail palms were probably more than 75' tall. They were a lot taller than in the photo from 2008.

The only problem with moving large fishtail palm is that
it prematurely causes them to bloom early (It's a monocarpic palm). After they bloom the palms dies (although, it can take more than 10 years for the palms to die after the long blooming cycle).

30 Oct, 2017



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