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Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix

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Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Needle Palm
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Growing in dense, suckering clumps, this coastal south­eastern U.S. palm may be the hardiest in the world, taking temperatures well below 0°F (–18°C). Growing slowly to 6–8 ft. tall and wide, it does not have a distinct trunk. Smooth stems bear dramatic fans of lustrous dark green, 3-ft.-wide leaves, each deeply cut into 6 to 12 segments. “Needle palm” refers to the sharp, 4-in.-long black spines on sheaths at bases of leafstalks and on seeds. Tolerates a wide range of soils.

 

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