Rhapidophyllum histrix

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Rhapidophyllum histrix (Pursh) H. Wendl. & Drude
Needle palm, Porcupine palm.
North Carolina to North Mississippi (USA).
Very rare

DESCRIPTION

Several trunks
Palmate
Less than 3 m.
Yes
Less than 3 m.
No
Less than 15 cm.
Dioicous plants

CULTURE

-20ºC
All types
Slow
Light
Semi sombra
Not recommendable
Medium
Yes
Medium
Medium difficulty
Medium

It is to be found in forested areas with a damp, temperate climate.

It is considered to be, along with Sabal minor and Nannorrhops ritchiana, among the palms which can withstand the most cold (-20ºC) .

Its common name is because of the long, sharp needless which make up the surface covering its trunks.

med in size and slow in growth, it prefers a spot with a little shade and rich, very damp soils. It is resistant to drought.