This palm is present in many protected areas. Its populations are shrinking due to urbanisation, but their decline has not yet been proven.
Origin: Southern Europe and the whole Mediterranean
Habitat: Hot continental plains
Characteristics: Dioecious shrub, a cluster-stemmed palm with stems covered with brown fibres. Evergreen, tough green leathery foliage. Large palmate leaves spread out like a fan.
Flowering period: Spring, yellow flowers.
Uses and properties: The apical bud is eaten, it is marketed under the name of palm cabbage and its leaves are used in basketry.
History and oddities
The tip of its bud (called the apical bud) can be eaten and its leaves are used for basketry.