Washingtonia robusta

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Figure 1. W. robusta leaf close-up.


Common Names:

Washington Palm,
Mexican Fan Palm


Desert and semi-arid areas, especially gorges and canyons, often near water in north-western Mexico and Baja California.


A tall, solitary fan palm to about 20m with persistant leaf bases. The leaves are bright green, with cotton like threads on young leaves, and dark drown, heavily armed, shiny leaf bases.


A very common plant in cultivation, tho not really suited for suburban gardens, due to the heavily armed leaf bases.


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

Figure 2. W. robusta trunk detail
Figure 3. W. robusta
Figure 4. W. robusta
Figure 5. W. robusta trunk detail.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figures 1,2,3&4).
Jeff (Figure 5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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