543.000 Washingtonia H.A. Wendl.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Palms solitary, stems erect, tall; partly or completely covered in old leaf bases forming conspicuous skirt round stem. Leaves with soft sheath fibres; petiole split at base, margins usually armed with teeth, margin becoming tattered, fibrous; costa prominent; lamina costapalmate, plication induplicate. Inflorescence axillary within crown of leaves, paniculate arching well beyond leaves with 2 orders of branching; rhachis bracts very conspicuous. Flowers borne singly along rachillae; petals 3, long, basally connate into a tube. Fruit drupes, blackish; exocarp smooth; mesocarp thin. Seeds ellipsoid.

Derivation of name: after George Washington, 1732-1799, first President of the United States

Worldwide: 2 species in WN America and W Mexico.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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filifera (André) de Bary
robusta H. Wendl.
× filibusta Hodel

Other sources of information about Washingtonia:

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Flora of Zambia: cultivated Washingtonia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Washingtonia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Washingtonia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Washingtonia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Washingtonia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Washingtonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Washingtonia
JSTOR Plant Science: Washingtonia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Washingtonia
Plants of the World Online: Washingtonia
Tropicos: Washingtonia
Wikipedia: Washingtonia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Washingtonia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1681, retrieved 5 June 2023

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