English/ Common name- Palm Tree

Local name- Palms / ತಾಳೆ ಮರ

Botanical name- Arecaceae

Appearance- An erect, slender- Stemmed, single-trunked Palm that can grow up to 30m tall but normally trees are between 10 to 15m in height. The trunk is green when young, grey coloured in old trees with prominent white leaf scars. The front base sheath is long, smooth and green in colour.

Origin- The great centres of palm distribution are in America and in Asia from India to Japan and Australia and the islands of the Pacific and Indian oceans, with Africa and Madagascar as a third but much less important palm region.

Conditions required for growth- Palm is cultivated in Dry and Semi-dry regions which are characterised by long and hot summers, no rainfall, and very low relative humidity level. Exceptional high temperatures are well endured by a Palm for several days under irrigation.

Uses- Palm leaves are valuable to some people as a material for thatching, basketry, clothing and religious ceremonies.

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