Common name: Royal palm, Cuban Royal Palm
Botanical name: Roystonea regia Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)
Royal Palm is a truly aristocratic palm which makes a
memorable impression wherever it is grown. Massive and symmetrical with a
smoothly sculpted trunk this palm looks almost artificial.
Eight inch long leaflets are arranged in rows along the 10' length of bright
green pinnate leaves. Composed of 15 - 20 leaves, the canopy sits atop the
crown shaft - a smooth, glossy extension of the trunk composed of the
overlapping bases of the leaves. The crownshaft looks really smooth green.
The trunk of the Royal Palm is swollen at the base.
It constricts about halfway up and then bulges again just below the crownshaft
creating a dramatic profile. The trunk is a smooth
light gray that looks as if it had been cast from concrete. Royal palm
produce a large 3' to 4' inflorescense on which both male and female flowers
are borne, just at the base of the green crownshaft. Royal palm is native to
|Photographed in Lodhi Garden,