Nannorrhops ritchiana

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Figure 1. N. ritchiana

Contents

Synonymy:

Chamaerops ritchiana

Common Names:

Mazari palm

Habitat:

Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Arabia up to 1600 meters elevation.

Description:

Single trunked/clumping palm; on old specimens, trunks can can be prostrate. Very stiff, thick, leathery, forward held leaves, often with a bluish tinge, and with spiky tips. Highly variable.

General:

Threatened in its native habitat, where the leaves are used for basket making.

Culture:

Full sun, well drained position. Extremely hardy, tolerates severe drought conditions, as well as extremes of cold and heat.


Figure 2. A slightly more blue specimen.


Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz, (Figure 1)
David Tanswell (Figure 2 - from Palms & Cycads No. 52-53, Jul-Dec 1996)

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