Photographer's Note

Etrange..."Photo graphique" aujourd'hui: la note donne quelques explications (voir le WS aussi).
Le palmier de Bismarck (bismarckia nobilis) est un palmier endémique de Madagascar, et il ne comprend qu’une seule espèce. Arbre peu connu du grand public, mais apprécié et réputé pour ses qualités ornementales, le bismarckia est remarquable pour ses feuilles gris-bleuté, très grandes et très coriaces. De croissance lente, il peut atteindre plus de 25 mètres chez les spécimens âgés.


Bismarckia nobilis is native to the island of Madagascar. It is the only species in the genus. The Bismarck palm's stout trunk and symmetry of the huge crown lends a formal note while the startling blue green foliage amplifies the visual impact of this big beauty. It grows a single trunk that is smooth on mature specimens but young individuals retain old leaf bases. This palm may reach an ultimate height of 50-60 ft (15-18m) with a spread of 20 ft (6m) or more. Even young specimens that have yet to form a trunk sport full crowns of about 25 leaves with the maximum spread! The huge palmate leaves are bright light blue, waxy and are up to 10 ft (3m) across. They are supported on 6 ft (1.8 m) stems that can be 10 in (25cm) in diameter. The leaf bases split where they attach to the trunk and the leaf stems are armed with small sharp teeth.
You may see the picture in WS to have a large view of this palm tree.

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