Mediterranean fan palm
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.
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.