Palm Trees Swaying in the Breeze

Sunset behind a palm tree

Palm trees… I can’t imagine what my back yard would be like without hearing them rustle & speak in the wind! 

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The Arecaceae are a botanical family of perennial shrubs and trees commonly known as palms.  They are flowering plants, the only family in the monocot order Arecales. Roughly 2600 species are currently known, most of them restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates like my gulf coast region. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, many palms are exceptions, and in fact exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. As well as being morphologically diverse, palms also inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts.

Sunset at Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI

Palms are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families. They have been important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants. In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility.

Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations like Hawaii, Fiji or the Virgin Islands.

Palm trees in  The Grenadines

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Palm Tree in Martinique

Wishing you a week of swaying palm trees and warm ocean breezes!

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