Palm trees are a type of evergreen plant belonging to the Arecaceae family of plants. They are synonymous with tropical beaches, warm sunny climates, and beautiful landscaped gardens. However, some species of palms are tolerant of temperate climates and cold temperatures. There are also varieties of palm trees that can be grown indoors as houseplants.
Palm trees are grown for their ornamental appearance as well as for palm-derived products. There are over 2,600 species of palm trees, and they are grouped into over 200 genera. Roughly, palm trees can be divided into small, dwarf, and tall palm tree varieties.
Palm trees are recognized by their fan-shaped or feather-like fronds (leaves) and fiber-covered trunks or stems. Generally, leaves of palm trees are either pinnate (feather-like leaves) or palmate (fan-like fronds). Trunks are slender, some are short and fat, some have a ringed or bumpy appearance and some are covered in fiber or husks that make the trunk look hairy or spiky.
Here in Singapore, palm trees are a common sight.
These are Ruffled Fan Palm Tree (Licuala Grandis)
Some reports indicate that the Christmas palm tree (scientific name Adonidia Merrillii) is one of the most popular ornamental types of palm. Large pinnate palm leaves arch up from the top of the stem to form a beautiful crown of green foliage.
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