St. John is home to a variety of different Palm trees, yet only one is known to be native to Love City: the Tyre Palm. We see so many palm trees that we’d like to be able to differentiate and tell them apart, even if just to sound smart.
Did you know.., in 2004, botanist Carlo Morici reported that there are about 191 genera and 2339 species in the palm family. The majority of palms originate from islands.
While hiking throughout the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, see how many palm tree varieties you spot!
ALEXANDRA PALM – ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
ARECA PALM – DYPSIS LUTESCENS
BLUE LATAN PALM – LATANIA LODDIGESII
BOTTLE PALM – HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS
CARDBOARD PALM – ZAMIA FURFURACEA
CAT PALM – CHAMADOREA CATARACTARUM
CHINESE FAN PALM – LIVISTONIA CHINENSIS
COCONUT PALM – COCO NUCIFERA
DATE PALM – PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA
EUROPEAN FAN PALM – CHAMAEROPS HUMILIS
FIDJI FAN PALM – PRITCHARDIA PACIFICA
FISH TAIL PALM – CARYOTA MITIS
FLORIDA THATCH PALM (AKA BROOM PALM) – THRINAX RADIATA
FOX TAIL PALM – WODYETIA BIFURCATA
KING SAGO (AKA JAPANESE SAGO) – CYCAS REVOLUTA
LADY PALM – RHAPIS EXCELSA
MANILLA PALM – ADONIDIA MERILII
MEXICAN FERN PALM- DIOON EDULE
PYGMY DATE PALM – PHOENIX ROEBELINII
QUEEN PALM – SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA
RED LATAN PALM (AKA BOURBAN PALM) – LATANIA LONTAROÏDES
ROYAL PALM TREE – ROYSTONEA REGIA
SILVER EUROPEAN FAN PALM – CHAMAEROPS HUMILIS CERIFERA
SILVER PALM – BISMARKIA NOBILIS
TRAVELLER PALM – RAVENALA MADAGASCARIENSIS
TYRE PALM – COCCOTHRINAX ALTA
TRIANGLE PALM – DYPSIS DECARYI
WINDMILL PALM – TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
ZOMBIE PALM TREE – ZOMBIA ANTILLARUM
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