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Palm: Mediterranean Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis


The most common image of a palm tree is the tall trunk of a coconut palm Cocos nucifera waving its fronds over a sandy beach on a tropical island. Yet palms have more than one shape. Along with the single-trunk form, some have many trunks creating more of a shrub than a tree, such as the Mediterranean fan palm Chamaerops humilis, the most frequently seen example in Southern California.