Washingtonia filifera

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Figure 1. W. filifera


Common Names:

California Fan Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Desert and semi-arid areas, especially gorges and canyons, often near water, in south-eastern California, western Arizona and thru to Baja California.


A tall, solitary fan palm to about 16m with persistant leaf bases. The leaves are grey-green, with cotton like threads on the leaves, and dark drown, heavily armed, shiny leaf bases.


Sunny, well drained position. Very hardy; drought and frost tolerant.

Figure 2. W. filifera leaf detail.
Figure 3. W. filifera inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figures 1,2&3).

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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