E8. Cardboard Palm

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This palm has a short thick fleshy trunk covered with old leaf bases.  The trunk collects water that is used during drought.  The Cardboard Palm has pinnate, feathery-like, leaves, which grow from the center of the trunk reaching 3-4ft long.  


Leaves are olive green, overlapping, with a fuzzy surface that looks like they are made of plastic.  They feel like cardboard to the touch, hence its name.  The circular crowns of leaves looks like a cross between fern and palm tree.  They form a symmetrical rosette growing upright in full sun and horizontal in shade.  Thick leaves are covered with thick oval leaflets, which are about 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.