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Trithrinax brasiliensis
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax schizophylla

Trithrinax schizophylla

Common name: Carandilla, Palma de monte
Native to: Argentina
Mature height:
Mature spread:
Growth Habit: clustering
Leaf type: palmate
Trithrinax schizophylla

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Lakeside Palmetum


Native to Argentina and Brazil. Can be a fast grower with regular watering. Green to grey leaves, long petioles, and long spines between the petioles. This palm is difficult to find in habitat since there are no roads to get to them. Rare in cultivation due to the low availability of seeds and stubborn germination.

Of the "tri" Greek, three, and "thrinax", three-pronged fork. It belongs to the subfamily of Coryphoideae, regarded as a line of palm trees having evolved very little.

The flowers of the Trithrinax kind, with three sepals, three petals, six stamens and three carpelles (Magnano, 1973), constitute the ancestral shape of flowering of the palm trees, that from which result all the other forms from flowering. 3 species: Trithrinax brasiliensis, Trithrinax campestris, Trithrinax schizophylla.

Trithrinax schizophylla

photo by: Jack Tomsky
Jack Tomsky Garden
Palo Alto
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: fast
Sunlight: bright shade
Water: ample and regular
Cold Tolerance: 23 F
Seed or plant availability: rare

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