Seeing a group of these palms growing by the side of the road in Argentina one evening, we stopped the jeep for a
closer look. Immediately upon reaching the palms, we were surrounded by clouds of hungry mosquitos that were not in
the least put off by our repellent spray, which provoked us into giving this formerly un-common-named palm the title
"Mosquito Palm." We were bitten half to death and soon beat a hasty retreat, lingering only to take some
photographs. Ah the joys of palm hunting! As for the trees themselves, those who dislike spines
on palms should perhaps skip the next bit, as these have armament up to 45
cm (18 in.) long! These spines, which are like knitting needles, grow around the trunk and cover it in an intricate
pattern. It really is a bizarre sight, which, together with its stiff, blue green leaves, adds to this palm's uniqueness
and beauty. For those more heavily into Trithrinax, it may be said that these seeds originate from the larger and
more robust "true" T. schizophylla of NW Argentina and Bolivia, not of those populations known as T. biflabellata!
See the South African Palm Society's PALM ENTHUSIAST Vol.14, No.2 and other issues for more information. We can now
offer premium quality seeds at an all time low price, a third of what it used to be just a couple of years ago.