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Palmyra Palm Overview
Borassus is a genus with just 5 species of large fan palms also known as Palmyra Palms. These plants are capable of growing to 30m in height and originating from tropical climates in Africa, Asia and New Guinea. They typically do not branch and are grown for their foliage, ornamental appearance and grand stature. Foliage is fan-shaped and divided into many lobes, all radiating from a central leaf base, these measure 2-3m long and most species possess spines. The leaf bases are retained on the trunk after their leaves are spent, in cultivation, these are commonly removed to mitigate fire risks. This genus is termed dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants. Male flowers are yellow and smaller than female flowers, they measure around 1cm in length, in catkin-like structures. In comparison, female flowers are between 3-5cm wide, shaped like globes and coloured yellow-green. Flowers lead onto spherical black-brown, yellow or orange fruits, dependent on species, they measure approximately 15-25cm across and contain 1-3 big seeds.