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Palm - Archontophoenix alexandrae

Upper Botanical Garden

A palm of Australian origin, its stipe (stem) can grow to 15 metres while its leaves, grey underneath and green on top, can reach up to 3 m long. Its inflorescences, with cream-coloured flowers, appear in the autumn. Its leaves fall from the stipe leaving characteristic ring-shaped scars. The sheath at the base of the leaf wraps around the truck for about a meter, giving the plant a very elegant appearance. The inflorescences appear at the base of the sheaths. Its red, cherry-sized fruits are gathered in abundant clusters. It requires well-drained soil and cannot tolerate cold winds.

Text by
Paolo Basetti
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