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Palm - Chamaerops humilis

Upper Botanical Garden

A small shrubby palm commonly known as the Mediterranean dwarf palm, or European fan palm, it grows wild in Italy and can reach a maximum height of 3-5 m. It is characterised by broad fan-shaped leaves in an apical shaped crown. Its stem has a sinuous growth form which, over time, takes on a clustered appearance with multiple stems branching off from the same stump. It adapts well to mild climates. It can withstand temperatures as low as - 8°C and favours full sun or partial shade. Its inflorescences appear in dense panicles with numerous small greenish-yellow flowers, while its fruit is a fleshy, brownish-yellow drupe (date) when ripe.


Text by
Paolo Basetti
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