|Scientific Name||Washingtonia robusta|
|Common Name||Washington Palm|
|Info||"Family Name: Arecaceae Summary: Washington palms are broadleaf evergreen plants with a growth habit similar to trees. This type of palm may live 150 to 200 years. Nativity/Habitat: Washington Palms are native Mexico and can be found in desert environments located in oases. Morphology/Physiology: -Foliage: The crown spans from 10 to 15 feet at maturation and has a symmetrical canopy with a regular outline. Lower leaves persist on the trunk of the palm after they die forming a brown shaggy skirt below the green living foliage. The green upper foliage consists of broad fan-shaped leaves that are arranged in an alternate pattern. Leaf type is costapalmate, leaf margin is entire, leaf shape is star-shaped, and the leaf venation is palmate. The leaves have sharply barbed petioles. Leaflets are lance shaped with fibrous white filaments on edges. -Trunk/Branches: Height of the Washington Palm is typically seen at 40 to 50 feet but can grow to 80 feet tall. Has a straight singular thin trunk. Bark is gray-brown in color and tough. -Flower: Flowering takes place in the summer time. The color of the palmís showy flowers is white occurring in large branched clusters. -Fruit/Seed: Washington Palms have fleshy black fruit that are oval or round in shape and less than half an inch in length. Fruits mature in early fall. -Roots: Lack deep roots. Growth Requirements: These palms have a rapid growth rate. Washington Palms can be found growing in partial shade/partial sun or full sun. They grow in well-drained occasionally wet soils and are highly drought tolerant. Uses/Fun Facts: Since dead sagging fronds of the Washington Palm are a fire hazard and may house pests, some areas require these leaves to be removed. They are used as ornamental plants in residential areas, typically near streets. Fruits have a thin sweet layer of pulp and are eaten by coyotes and were also harvested by Native Americans. Palm leaves can be used for thatched roofs which serve as a rainproof shelter for several years while the trunk may be used to construct fences. Although they provide useful building materials, they are rarely found in nature. Written by Rose O'Donovan"|
|Found By||"Douglas Franz, Angel Aquino"|
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