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Rapha Farnifera in mainland Spain?

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Dondequiera Jeff

As near as I can tell from looking at my palm books and on the internet, this palm is a Raphia farnifera. It is growing in Parque de la Paloma in Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain. I was surprised to see it as I assumed it was too tropical to grow in this area. Although it is a 10A area, it is cool for several months in the winter, with average daily highs only about 62ºF or about 16.5ºC. I have never seen another palm of this type in Andalucía. By the way, a few weeks ago we had temperatures down to about 2ºC but this palm seems completely unaffected. Can someone confirm that it is actually a Raphia farnifera? If not, any idea what it is?

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Josh-O

looks like it to me

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cfkingfish

Definitely R. farinifera. They don't mind cool weather, they will just sit there like a BIzzie until it gets warm again, but a freeze will burn them up nicely. I found they have sooty mold issues in Florida from the one in my old backyard. 

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Dondequiera Jeff

Thanks for the replies. I would love to see more of them around, at least in botanical gardens. This particular park has some rather nice foxtail palms, which are not common here but can be seen here and there.

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Josh-O

thanks for posting and welcome to palm talk :)

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