SIKKIM WINDMILL PALM (Trachycarpus latisectus)

The windmill palm with a smooth trunk

Somehow similar to the frequent Chusan Windmill Palm, it is still uncommon in gardening amid its peculiarities that provide great ornamental potential. Unlike the other species of this genus, the Sikkim Windmill Palm has more tropical-looking leaves and naturally sheds and the fibers associated with the leaves’s ligules, leaving a stylized, smooth and soft trunk. Yet, it is less resistant to frost and aridity than other Trachycarpus.

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Habitat: In hills and ravines around 1,500-2,500 meters above sea level.

Distribution: Eastern Himalayas.

Description: Single-trunked, dioecious palm tree, up to 15 meters tall, with a stylized ringed trunk without remains of leaves in the oldest parts, palmate leaves up to 2 meters long, bright green leaves with wide leaflets, yellowish inflorescence and small blackish fruits.




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