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PALM TREE TRUNKS

by Phil Bergman

Description of Article

Photographs showing the unique and different appearances of the trunks of many different species of palm trees.

Introduction

This article is a pictorial presentation on the vastly different appearances of the trunks of some of the many known species of palm trees.  Species names are given with each photo of the trunk.  The reader will quickly realize what a gamut of appearances there are.  Some are super aesthetic and pretty.  Others are frankly quite bizarre.  But, they are all different, one way or another. 

   

PALM TRUNKS

MANY DIFFERENT APPEARANCES
A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION

THICK OR THIN
SMOOTH OR SPINEY
SWOLLEN OR TUBULAR
BIZARRE SHAPED OR UNIFORM
CROWN SHAFT OR NOT

SHAGGY OR CLEAN
SINGLE OR MULTIPLE
COLORFUL OR DULL

WHITE RINGS OR CHECKERED
AND, YES, PRETTY OR SORT OF UGLY

ALMOST ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE!

Palm trees are unique in that there are over 3500 species and they all look rather different.  These differences are not only in the overall tree appearances, but also in the trunks of stems of the palms.  There is such a vast array of trunk appearances that it's mind boggling.  One would think that all the plants below couldn't possibly all belong to the same family of plants.  Differences involve trunk size, numbers of trunks (suckering or not), the presence or absence of a crown shaft at the top of trunk below the leaves, trunk color, trunk texture, the presence of the well recognized rings on the trunk, the presence of spines and so many other things. 

This photographic tour is rather self-explanatory.  Pictures say it all.  My goal is not to discuss each species but rather show the vastly different trunk appearances that you'll see.  An attempt has been made to show a lot of different types from around the world.  Shown here are almost two hundred species, all demonstrating different sizes/shapes/characteristics and appearances.  They are presented in random order with each species identified below the picture.


Burretiokentia vielllardii
Burretiokentia vielllardii
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia trunk
Roystonea regia
Dypsis hybrid trunk
Dypsis hybrid
Aiphanes trunk
Aiphanes species
Jubaea trunk
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis
Watermelon Chambeyronia
Watermelon Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Acrocomia trunk
Acrocomia totai
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Trithirnax acanthicoma
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm Trunk
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Washingtonia robusta
Washingtonia robusta
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii trunk
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Rhopalostylis sapida trunk and blossom
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita
Dysis decipiens MR
Dypsis decipiens
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Copernicia baileyana trunk and crown
Copernicia baileyana
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata
Cyrtostachys laaka or renda
Cyrtostachys renda
Cyrtostachys laaka renda 
Cyrtostachys renda (laaka)
Cyrtostachys renda 
Cyrtostachys renda
Areca vestiaria 
Areca vestiaria
Dypsis saintlucei 
Dypsis saintlucei
Burretiokentia koghiensis 
Burretiokentia koghiensis
Burretiokentia vieillardii 
Burretiokentia vieillardii
Caryota ochlandra
Caryota ochlandra
Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera
Ceroxylon species
Ceroxylon species
Carpoxylon macrospermum
Carpoxylon macrospermum
Attalea crasispatha
Attalea crasispatha
Astrocaryum murumuru
Astrocaryum murumuru
Copernicia curbeloi 
Copernicia curbeloi
Chamaedorea vistae 
Chamaedorea vistae
Chamaedorea alternans 
Chamaedorea alternans
  Corypha umbraculifera
Corypha umbraculifera
Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis madagascarensis
Dypsis madagascarensis
Cyphokentia macrostachya
Cyphokentia macrostachya
Cyphophoenix elegans
Cyphophoenix elegans
Clinostigma harlandii
Clinostigma harlandii
daemonorops species
Daemonorops species
daemonorops hydrophilus
Daemonorops hyrophilus
Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma almbum
Dypsis manajarensis 
Dypsis manajarensis
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
Dypsis amobositrae 
Dypsis ambositrae
Gastrococos crispa 
Gastrococos crispa
Gastrococos crispa 
Gastrococos crispa
Dypsis nodifera 
Dypsis nodifera
Licuala grandis 
Licuala grandis
Licuala grandis 
Licuala grandis
Dypsis saintlucei 
Dypsis saintlucei
Calamus moti 
Calamus moti
Basselinia deplanchei 
Basselinia deplanchei
Colpothrinax cookii 
Colpothrinax cookii
Phoenix dactylifera
Phoenix dactylifera
Areca vestiaria
Areca vestiaria
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix canariensis trunk
Phoenix canariensis
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Sallaca edulis 
Salacca edulis
Roystonea venezuelensis 
Roystonea venezueliana
Roystonea species with kids 
Roystonea species
Ptychsperma ledermanniana 
Ptychosperma ledermanniana
Ptychorhapis augusta 
Ptychorhapis augusta
Pritchardia remota 
Pritchardia remota
Pritchardia martii 
Pritchardia martii
Pinanga barnessii 
Geonoma barnessii
Oncosperma horridum 
Oncosperma horridus
Mauritia aculeata 
Mauritia aculeata
Kerriodoxa elegans 
Kerriodoxa elegans
Livistona benthamii 
Livistona benthamii
Dypsis rivularis 
Dypsis rivularis
Hedyscepe canterburyana 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Galubia costata 
Galubia costata
Pinanga species 
Pinanga species
Pinanga caesia 
Pinanga caesia
Metroxylon species crown shaft 
Metroxylon species leaf base
Pinanga malaiana HDJ 
Pinanga malaiana HJD
Pinanga caesia HJD 
Pinanga caesia HJD
Pinanga philippinense 
Pinanga philippinense
Pygmy Date Palm 
Phoenix roebellenii
Orbignya species 
Orbignya speies
Normambya normambyi 
Normambya mormambyi
Kentiopsis piersoniorum 
Kentiopsis piersoniorum
Dypsis decipiens 
Dypsis decipiens white
Dypsis onilahensis 
Dypsis onilahensis
Rhopolostylis baueri 
Rhopalostylis baueri
Sabal dominguensis 
Sabal dominguensis
Sabal yapa 
Sabal yapa
Neoveitchia storkii 
Neoveitchia storkii
Nenga pumila 
Nenga pumilla
Metroxylon upolense 
Metroxylon upolense
Geonoma undata by Darrel Petty 
Geonoma undata by DP
Gaussia princeps 
Gaussia princeps
Dypsis florencei type 
Dypsis sp. like florencei
Hyophorbe verschafeltii 
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Syagrus schizophylla 
Syagrus schizophylla
Gastrococos crispa 
Gastrococos crispa
Dypsis onilahensis 
Dypsis onilahensis
 Cyphophoenix alba
Cyphophoenix alba
 Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
Veitchia arecina 
Veitchia arecina
Syagrus flexuosa 
Syagrus flexuosa
Syagrus coronata 
Syagrus coronata
     
 
Coccothrinax spissa
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhaphia hookeri 
Raphia hookeri
Areca ipot 
Areca ipot
Areca alicea 
Areca alicea
Archontophoenix myolensis 
Archontophoenix myolensis
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata juvenile
Deckenia species
Deckenia species
Chamaedorea linearis
Chamaedorea linearis
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Bottle Palm
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Wallichia disticha
Wallichia disticha
Coccothrinax trunk
Coccothrinax crinita
Coccothrinax crinita 
Coccothrinax crinita
Zombia antillarum 
Zombia antillarum
Copernicia berteroana 
Copernicia berteroana
Cyrosophila species 
Cryosphila species
Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos
Sabal mexicana 
Sabal mexicana
Cocos nucifera
Cocos nucifera
Roystonea oleracea
Roystonea oleracea
Zombia antillarum
Zombia antillarum
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa
Rhopalostylis sapida crown shaft
Rhopalostylis sapida
Washintonia robusta cleaned
Washintonia robusta, trunks cleaned
Washintonia robusta not cleaned
Washintonia robusta trunks not cleaned
Have petticoats
Pelagodoxa henryana
Pelagodoxa henryana
Cyphophoenix nucele
Cyphophoenix nucele
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Sabal riverside 
Sabal riverside
Sabal palmetto 
Sabal palmetto
Ravenea hildebrandtii 
Ravenea hildebrandtii
Chamaedorea stolinifera 
Chamaedorea stolinifera
Dypsis lutescens 
Dypsis lutescens
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Corypha utan 
Corypha utan
Coccothrinax barbadensis 
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae
Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis
Campecarpus fulcitas
Campecarpus fulcitas
Basselinia gracilis
Basselinia gracilis
Copernicia tectorum
Copernicia tectorum
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Coccothrinax barbadensis
Copernicia alba
Copernicia alba
Dypsis species
Dypsis species
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Kentiopsis oliviformis
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Veitchia joannis 
Veitchia joannis
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia  
Foxy Lady - Wodyetia x Veitchia
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Orbignya cohune 
Orbignya cohune
Pseudophoenix vinifera
Pseudophoenix vinifiera
Ptychosperma elegans
Ptychosperma elegans
Sabal yapa
Sabal Yapa
Cocos nucifera the Coconut Palm 
Cocos nucifera
Dypsis cabadae 
Dypsis cabadae
Syagrus schizophila 
Syagrus schizophila
Wodyetia bifurcata 
Wodyetia bifurcata
Phoenix roebellenii 
Phoenix roebellenii
Roystonea regia 
Base of Roystonea regia
Queen Palm triple 
Queen Palm triple
King Palm triple 
King Palm triple
Queen Palm 
Queen Palm
Washingtonia robusta and filifera 
Washingtonia robusta left, filifera right
Copernicia macroglossa 
Copernicia macroglossa
Thrinax radiata 
Thrinax radiata
Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 
Chambeyronia macrocarpa
Aiphanes aculeata 
Aiphanes aculeata
Sabal rosei 
Sabal rosei
 
Archontophoenix beatricea
Archontophoenix beatricea
Rhapis humilus
Rhapis humilus  
Satakentia liukiuensis 
Satakentia liukiuensis
Sabal minor dwarf 
Sabal minor
Roystonea regia 
Roystonea regia
Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii 
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Phoenix reclinata 
Phoenix reclinata
     
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Clinostigma savoryana
Clinostigma species
Areca catechu
Areca catechu

 

CONCLUSION

You can well appreciate from all the photographs above the diverse and varied appearance of palm tree trunks.  They truly come in all shapes and sizes, either singly or as multiple stems, with tremendously different appearances and characteristics.  There is indeed something for everyone to like.  

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