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Distribution and Habitat:
Open forest of South-eastern USA.
A low growing, clumping, palmate palm which has long black spines on the leaf sheaths.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Famed for its cold tolerance. Very slow growing. Seed germination is also slow and erratic.
Angelo Porcelli (Figure 4)
Fred, Zone 10A (Figure 1,2&3)