Bismarkia nobilis - Briar Gomez
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A member of the Arecaceae family, Bismarkia nobilis is the only species of its genus. It is a huge palm, comprised of a stout smooth trunk which supports a symmetrical crown of 20 to 30 leaves. They can grow to an ultimate height of 15-18m with a spread of 6m. Each leaf is 3m across. The blade is costapalmate and contain up to 75 slightly folded segments. The supporting petiole are thick and massively strong, 1.8m long with a 25cm diameter. They are armed with small teeth along their base, and are covered with a white waxy "scurf". This scurf may discolor to a dark brown color and is a normal healthy feature of this palm. With growth, the petiole develop a split at its base which lengthens and widens with age until it eventually detaches, leaving a horizontal ring on the trunk, known as a leaf scar. Endemic to the grasslands of northern and western Madagascar, these dioecious palms are highly sought for use in decorative landscaping in subtropical and tropical zones.
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