Sunny beaches cross the minds of most people when they think of palm trees. What they don’t know is that palm trees can grow in other environments too. Palm trees have other benefits apart from beautifying our beaches. The following are the most surprising facts about palm trees.
- Some palms are not trees
There are more than 2000 species of palm trees. The trees are found in the rain forests and even the deserts. Palm trees can grow in different forms. They can grow in the form of trees, shrubs, or vines. Palm trees belong to Arecaceae family. Note that plants such as sago palm, yucca palm, and travelers palm don’t belong to this family.
- Palm trees produce a lot of staples
Most people think that palm trees can only produce coconuts. However, other things come from these amazing plants. They include betel nuts, dates, and acai fruits. Palm oil also comes from these trees. People in Africa and Asia use staples from palm trees to make wine. Date palms and date palms can be used to make alcoholic spirits in some regions.
- Palm trees have two leave types
Palm trees have both pinnate and palmate leaves. Pinnate leaves grow on both sides of the stem-like feathers. Palmate leaves, on the other hand, grow in a group at the end of the stem. It’s not common to find plants with this characteristic. There are some palm trees like coco der mer that have the largest seeds in the world. Their seed can reach up to 60cm in diameter.
Palm trees are fascinating plants and have been significant to humans for long. Studies have shown that Romans and the Mesopotamians used palm trees. Unfortunately, almost 100 species of palm trees are endangered bad cultivation practices and deforestation. We may not have these beautiful plants if we continue practicing unsustainable farming.