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Old August 24th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Default This palm tree is growing in my Backyard

Here is a pic of one palm tree that looks exactly like the one i have growing in my backyard. I dont know how it got there or how long its been there. Does anyone know what type of palm tree it is?

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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:59 AM
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Default looks like a cabbage palm

because of the fan look.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:48 PM
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Default No its definitely a California Fan Palm

California Fan Palm Tree.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 01:43 AM
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Cool Looks like California Palm to me

Judging the leaf and fan spread in conjunction with the trunk, yup definitely California..LOL

and you can bet on that..not really but yeah..
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Old August 29th, 2008, 11:47 PM
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Default Here's what ya got!

Washingtonia filifera
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Washingtonia filifera (filifera - Latin "thread-bearing", also known as Desert Fan Palm', American Cotton palms, or Arizona fan Palm, or California fan Palm) is a palm native to the desert oases of Central, southern and southwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, extreme northwest Mexico and inland deserts of southern California. It grows up to 23 m (exceptionally 30 m) tall in good growing conditions and is the only palm native to the contiguous United States West of San Antonio Texas. The leaves have a petiole up to 2 m long, bearing a fan of leaflets 1.5-2 m long, with white, thread-like fibers between the segments. When the leaves die they bend downwards and form a skirt around the trunk. The shelter that the skirt creates provides a microhabitat for many invertebrates. Washingtonia filifera can live from 80 to 250 years or more and its name honors George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Ecology

Fan palms provide a habitat for Bighorn Sheep, Hooded Oriole, Gambel's Quail, Coyotes, and the palm boring beetle Dinapate wrightii (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), and A rare Bat Lasiurus xanthinus especially fond of W. filifera groves. Hooded Orioles rely on them for food and places to build nests. Both Hooded Orioles and Coyotes are integral part in seed distribution. Dinapate beetles can be problematic and chew through the trunks of palms. Eventually a continued infestation of beetles can kill a palm, opening up space for a new palm to grow.

Today due to urbanization, palm oases are disappearing. Increased agriculture has lowered ground water supplies and decreased the amount available in palm oases. This creates a threat not only to The Far Western United State's only native palm, but also all the organisms that rely on them in order to survive. Fossils of this palm are known to exist as far north as Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon and the palm apparently reached current form by at least 50 - 70 million years BP. Natural Oases environs are mainly restricted historically to the general area surrounding warm or hot springs near the source or shortly downstream from sources. Grazing animals including deer and cattle and more anciently Giant Sloths and other extinct herbivores are known to kill young plants through trampling or by eating the terminus at the apical meristem which is the growing portion. This may have kept oases restricted to lesser ranges than would have been expected if one simply accounts for water sources. Typically the oases environ found today is one which could have been protected from colder climatic changes over the course of its evolution. Thus it is restricted by both water and climate to widely separated relict groves which show little if any genetic differentiation. This suggests the genus is genetically very stable

Cultivation and uses

The fruit of the fan palm was used by Native Americans. It was eaten raw, cooked, or ground into flour for cakes. The Cahuilla tribe used the leaves to make sandals, thatch roofs, and for making baskets. The fan palm was a valuable resource and the stems were used to make utensils for cooking. The Moapa band of Paiutes as well as other Southern Paiutes have stated memories of grandparents also using this palm's seed, fruit or leaves for various things. It should be noted that The Southern Paiutes are related linguistically and by ancient trade routes to the Cahuilla.

It is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree though not as widely as the Mexican Fan Palm Washingtonia robusta - a close cousin throughout the lower elevations of Nevada, California, Arizona,New Mexico and extreme southwestern Utah, it is one of the hardiest of palms and repeatedly survives dips into the teens and even several inches of snow, making it a favorite of Cold Hardy Palm enthusiasts. The less hardy cousin needs much milder winters and is visibly damaged at 19 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not so widely grown along the Gulf Coast, in states such as Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, and the Mediterranean region as its cousin the Washingtonia robusta which is loved for its tall thinner trunk waving in the breeze. It is however, widely grown in interior Texas, as it is sufficiently hardy in such places as San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso.[citation needed] The plants grow best in warm temperate climate with winter rain and dry summers. Specimens outside of Mediterranean climates do not grow as large, rarely exceeding 15 m. The plants are tolerant of considerable frost and the species is rated as hardy to USDA zone 8b; it will survive temperatures of -10 C with minor damage, and established plants have survived brief periods of temperatures as low as -12 C but with severe damage to the foliage.


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Old September 11th, 2008, 03:40 AM
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Default I would definately bet on ambers response...

She got it from wikipedia and i saw the pic and yours looks like a small filifera washintonian...yesssir!!!

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Old September 20th, 2008, 03:10 AM
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Default heres a good question?

which came first the palm or the seed?
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Old October 6th, 2008, 04:05 PM
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Default I think the Palm came first..

Because God made Adam an Eve, he did not make baby Adam and baby Eve, then they had offspring... so i think God made a Palm then the offspring.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:30 PM
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Default COuld be mexican fan palm maybe

COuld be mexican fan palm maybe......
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Old May 21st, 2009, 12:51 AM
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Exclamation It's a weed

Washingtonia filifera, California fan palm or mexican fan palm or a weed which ever you want to call it You should cut it down now while it's small to avoid a head ache later.These palms are armed to the teath with claw like thorns and are a pain to clean and grow upwards of 50 feet where one spouts there are sure to be more to follow. This is Not a palm you want in your back yard or any where close to your house cut it down would be my advise. Plant a prize palm in place of the weed.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Default Washingtonia filifera

A weed lol. Its not a weed, the Cabbage Palm is a weed. The California Fan Palm is really never seen in Florida so it actually might be a Mexican Fan Palm depending on where you live Sugarweed.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Cut it down
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