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Beccariophoenix is a genus of two (or possibly more) species of Arecaceae (palms), native to Madagascar. The genus is closely related to the Cocos, or coconut genus, and notably Beccariophoenix alfredii is similar in appearance to the coconut palm.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

Palms in this group have solitary trunks. Crownshafts are not present in the genus; the leaves are pinnate, to 2–5 m long. The term “windowpane” palm comes from the leaflets on younger plants that are only partially divided from each other, where there appear to be ‘windows’ in the leaves between the leaflets. Older specimens do not display the windowpanes as the leaflets completely divide from each other.

They are somewhat cold hardy, down to about -3°C, making them a good look-alike for the coconut in cooler climates

 

Written on February 20th, 2012 , Botany, Forestry Tags:

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