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Bismarckia nobilis palm

Bismarckia is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in thepalm family endemic to western and northern Madagascar where they grow in opengrassland. The genus is named for the first chancellor of the German EmpireOtto von Bismarck and the epithet for its only species, Bismarckia nobilis,comes from Latin for 'noble'.
Bismarck Palm grows from solitary trunks, gray to tan incolor, which show ringed indentations from old leaf bases. Trunks are 30 to 45cm in diameter, slightly bulging at the base, and free of leaf bases in all butits youngest parts. In their natural habitat they can reach above 25 meters inheight but usually get no taller than 12 m in cultivation. The nearly roundedleaves are enormous in maturity, over 3 m wide, and are divided to a third itslength into 20 or more stiff, once-folded segments, themselves split on theends. The leaves are induplicate and costapalmate, producing a wedge-shapedhastula where the blade and petiole meet. Petioles are 2–3 m, slightly armed,and are covered in a white wax as well as cinnamon-colored caducous scales; thenearly-spherical leaf crown is 7.5 m wide and 6 m tall. Most cultivatedBismarckias feature silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists(which is less hardy to cold). Thesepalms are dioecious and produce pendent, interfoliar inflorescences of smallbrown flowers which, in female plants, mature to a brown ovoid drupe, eachcontaining a single seed.

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