Chamaerops humilis
Mediterranean fan palm

Arecaceae (palm family)
Chamaerops humilis on Galvez Mall near Encina Hall. John Rawlings, c. 2005

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.

Chamaerops humilis flowers and heavily spined petioles. John Rawlings, c. 2005

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.

Name derivation: Chamaerops – from Gk. chamai (dwarf) and rhops (bush); humilis – low-growing.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.