Fan Palm Overview
Trithrinax is a small genus containing 3 spiny, flowering plants in the palm family, Arecaceae. They are native to South America, producing tough leaves in a fan shape, hence their common name Fan Palm. They are grown as ornamental specimens due to their striking architectural appearance, unusual spiny coat of dead foliage that remains wrapped around the trunk and their tolerance of many adverse environmental conditions. Foliage is large and fan-shaped and these plants typically have red-tinged shoots. Traditionally, the tough leaf fibres are used in textile-manufacturing and for handicrafts. Flowers range in colour from creamy-yellow to orange or white, they are in multiples of three and produced in dense clusters.