Queen palm


Queen palm, or giriba palm, is native to South America but is planted world-wide due to its ornamental value. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a gray trunk up to 1.5 feet in diameter. The trunk retains the bases of the leaves for some time. The leaves are up to 15 feet long and are composed of many slender leaflets that emerge from the axis at different points, producing a feathery appearance. Inflorescences arise among the leaves and are up to 6 feet long. Ripe fruits are orange and up to 1 inch in diameter, the pulp is sweet but fibrous. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name apparently honors a Roman leader of the 5th century. The species name honors Nicholas Romanzoff, Russian foreign minister during the early 19th century.

The photographed palms are in front of the Biology Building, where nineteen specimens were planted in 2005. There are other specimens northwest of the Ángel Espada Gymnasium, in front of the Business Administration Building, at the southeast corner of the General Library, and at the Buildings and Grounds Department.

Syagrus romanzoffiana (Arecaceae)