Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chamaerops humilis - Mediterranean Fan Palm

Chamaerops humilis: Chamaerops, from Greek meaning 'dwarf bush;' humilis, from Latin meaning 'low' or 'small' -- for its low-growing habit, which is more dwarfish than most of its kindred.

Usually multi-trunked. Trunk is shaggy, similar to Trachycarpus fortunei.

Fan-shaped leaves. Petioles are armed.

Flower bud

Flowers yellowish to orange

Inflorescences of 6-8" clusters of flowers

Fruit is an orange to yellow drupe.

Shrubby form in youth.

This is the only palm native to Europe.