Desmoncus orthacanthos

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(Canary Islands).

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Common Names:

Unknown

Distribution & Habitat:

Rainforest from Southern Mexico to South America

Description:

An unusual elliptical leaved climbing palm with very spiny stems and leaves.

General:

Looks very similar to the rattan palm of south-east Asia, but not related at all. The canes are however used for weaving baskets etc.

Culture:

Warm, sheltered and moist. Cold sensitive.


Figure 2. D. orthacanthos leaf close-up
Figure 3. D. orthacanthos inflorescence
Figure 4. D. orthacanthos stem detail showing the spines.
Figure 5. D. orthacanthos


Contributed by:

Jose M. Zerolo (Figure 1,2,3,4&5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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