Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"Very Spiny" Ruffle Palm or Aiphanes aculeata

This Ruffle Palm or Aiphanes aculeata is an attractive but intensely spiny palm and it has a very attractive crown of light green, broad ruffled, spiny leaflets. This South American native has a nice, ringed trunk, and the fronds look very similar to the Caryota fishtail palms fronds. However, the spines travel down the leaflets as well making this beauty dangerous as they are long (2-3") and so sharp they penetrate leather gloves with ease.

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