Chamaerops humilis. MEDITERRANEAN FAN PALM. Mediterranean

PALMAE (Palm family)

Usually a small bushy plant, as seen on campus. The leaf stalks are armed with short, sharp teeth, and the leaves, which form a fan rather than a feather, can be woven into fans, hats, mats, etc. Several clumps grow at the New Guinea Garden’s west side and nine more are in the three square lawns on Galvez Mall near Encina Hall. Another is at Encina’s northeast corner.

Other campus palms: Brahea armata | Brahea edulis | Butia capitata | Chamaerops humilis | Jubaea chilensis | Livistona chinensis | Phoenix canariensis | Syagrus romanzoffianum | Trachycarpus fortunei | Washingtonia filifera | Washingtonia robusta

Illustrations (links open new windows): habit | fruit & spines on petioles


Name derivation, genus | species from Gk. chamai (dwarf) and rhops (bush) | low-growing

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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