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Acanthophoenix crinita (Bory) H.Wendl.

Barbell palm

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusAcanthophoenixPalm-like plants from the Mascarene Islands

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Barbell palm is native to Réunion Island in the Mascarene Islands, where it occurs at elevations of around 1.2 mi (2.0 km). This slow-growing tree is endangered as a result of over-harvesting of its "palm cabbage"—the ends of the edible buds on the tree.

Identification: The sharply restricted wild range of this palm means that you aren't likely to encounter it, but it is fairly popular as a cultivated plant. This palm has a single trunk. The trunk and underside of the leaves have black spines. It likes humidity and fog.

Online References:

The Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia


Jungle Music Palms and Cycads



Areca crinita Bory


Acanthophoenix crinita description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Acanthophoenix crinita (barbell palm)

From the Mascarene Islands. · 2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Cali­fornia

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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