Barbell palm is native to Réunion Island in the Mascarene Islands, where it occurs at elevations of around 1.2 mi (2.0 km). This slow-growing tree is endangered as a result of over-harvesting of its ”palm cabbage”—the ends of the edible buds on the tree.
Identification: The sharply restricted wild range of this palm means that you aren’t likely to encounter it, but it is fairly popular as a cultivated plant. This palm has a single trunk. The trunk and underside of the leaves have black spines. It likes humidity and fog.
Acanthophoenix crinita at the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia
Acanthophoenix crinita on Wikipedia
Acanthophoenix crinita at Jungle Music Palms and Cycads
Acanthophoenix crinita in Acanthophoenixin Réunion, Mascarene Islands, from the International Palm Society's Palms Journal (PDF)
Acanthophoenix crinita on www.rarepalmseeds.com
Acanthophoenix crinita description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: