There so many trees around us, do you have a favoirte type of tree? My favorite type of trees are Palm Trees. They are so beauitful and exciting to abserve. Since Palm Trees are my favorite type to trees I decided to research Palm Trees. In my discovery I grew to admore Palm Trees even more. These perticular type of trees have an unbeliveable history which date backk to eight million years ago. Yes, thats how old Palm Trees are.
Palm trees are also known as angiosperms, which means flowering plants. They are monocots which means their seeds produce a single, leaf-like cotyledon when they sprout. This makes palms closely related to grasses and bamboos. There are over 2,500 species of palm trees. The Arecaceae family of plants includes wonderfully diverse species found throughout the world, from the desert to the rainforest.
Not all palm trees are “trees,” and not all plants called “palms” are truly palms. These evergreen plants can grow in the form of shrubs, trees or long, woody vines called lianas. Plants like the yucca palm, Torbay palm (pictured right), sago palm and traveler’s palm are not part of the Arecaceae family.
Palm trees have two different types of leaves: palmate and pinnate. Palmate leaves, like hands, grow in a bunch at the end of a stem. Pinnate leaves are like feathers, growing all along either side of a stem. The tallest palm tree can grow up to 197 feet tall. The Quindio wax palm (seen above), Colombia’s national tree, is the tallest-growing species of palm.
The coco de mer palm tree has the largest seeds of any plant on Earth. The seeds can be as large as 20 inches in diameter and as heavy as 66 pounds! Kallu, palm wine is a common alcoholic spirit in regions of Asia and Africa. It can be created from coconut palms, date palms, the Chilean wine palm, and other species.
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