Chamaerops humilis (Vulcano)
Vulcano fan Palm
This very pretty miniature form of the popular Mediterranean fan Palm
is native to the tiny Island Vulcano, one of the Liparian Islands in the
Mediterranean Sea north of Sicily. Quite distinct from "regular"
Chamaerops, it grows into a compact bonsai plant with short, blunt-tipped,
grass green leaves and few thorns on the leafstalk. It has become increasingly
popular among collectors in Europe in recent years and although it has
enormous potential as an ornamental plant, it is still rarely offered.
In cultivation it is just as tough and resistant as any Chamaerops, and
one of the best palms for temperate climates.