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Washingtonia filifera (Lindl.) H.Wendl.

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Morphology / Appearance

Washingtonia filifera (Lindl.) H.Wendl.

Character recognition:

Plant: grows to 18 m in height (occasionally to 25 m);
Root: rhizomatous;
Stem: aerial;
Leaves: the leaf fronds are up to 6 1.8 m long, made up of a petiole up to 2 m long, bearing a fan of leaflets 1.5–2 m long. They have long thread-like white fibers, filifera-filaments, between the segments;
Flowers: hermaphrodite;
Fruits: oblong or round red-black fruit, each about a 1.3 cm in diameter and contain a single seed, approximately 0.6 cm in diameter.

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Washingtonia filifera
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Ecology / Plant spreading

Washingtonia filifera (Lindl.) H.Wendl.

Bloom time: Jul , Aug
Flower color: white, yellow
Plant type: perennial
Light: Sun
Propagation Material: Seeds

It is a palm native to southwestern North America between an elevation range of 100 – 1,200 m, at seeps, desert bajadas, and springs where underground water is continuously available.

Classification

Washingtonia filifera (Lindl.) H.Wendl.

Cultivation / Plant breeding

Washingtonia filifera (Lindl.) H.Wendl.

It will survive temperatures of −10 °C with minor damage. Specimens outside of Mediterranean climates do not grow as large, rarely exceeding 15 m.

California palm is easily grown from seed. The seed is adundant; it stores and germinates well, and seedlings transplant easily.

 

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