Desert Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) Washingtonia filifera
Common Name California Fan Palm
Latin Name Washingtonia filifera
Native Habitat 0 to 3,500 feet in Lower and Eastern Mojave Deserts
Soil Moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, low to some organic content (do not attempt to grow in High Desert)
Water Does best with water source but drought resistent
Height X Width 60 feet X 10 feet
Protective Mechanism Sharp spines
Leaves Green, evergreen
Garden Suitability Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Majestic trees
Nature Value Seeds, fruit eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruit soaked in water to make a drink, fruit eaten fresh, dried for later use to be ground into mush, made into jelly, fronds used for thatching
Links
    Data and nursery http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/washingtonia-filifera
    Images, and data http://ag.arizona.edu/arboretum/taxa/Washingtonia_filifera.html
    Distribution, images, and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=8336
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washingtonia_filifera
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=wafi
   
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