Harrisburg Area Community College, East 204, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster PA
This tropical palm, native to Southeast Asia (India, Java, South China), is part of HACC's Garden Room, a sun-lit atrium in the middle of the East Build- ing that was installed by the firm, Interior Green. Its nickname stems from "the ends of the leaflets looking like (gold)fish tails," IG president Julie Blymire said.
This multi-trunked tree stands about 18 feet. C. mitis has been naturalized in Hawaii, California, and South Flori- da. Its berries are toxic.
This amazing species has an unusual flowering habit. Cream-colored flow- ers first develop at the top of a given trunk, then subsequent flowers move downward. Once the final flowering is reached, that trunk dies. The clump survives by producing more stems.
[Last photo is not of the HACC speci- men.]