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Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix

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Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Native to the Southeastern United States coastal plains. Shrubby and slow growing, to an eventual 6 to 8 ft. high and wide; does not have a distinct trunk. Smooth stems bear dramatic fans of lustrous, 3-ft.-wide leaves are green on top, silver below; each is deeply cut into 6 to 12 segments. Common name refers to the sharp, 4-in.-long black spines on sheaths at bases of leafstalks and on seeds.  Good accent or understory plant. Tolerates a wide range of soils.

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