Desmoncus orthacanthos

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(Canary Islands).


Common Names:


Distribution & Habitat:

Rainforest from Southern Mexico to South America


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


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.


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)

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