Bismarckia nobilis. Figure 1. Young Bismarck Palm. Bismarck Palm. 1. Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2. INTRODUCTION. Lending a tropical flair to. Description: Bismarckia nobilis is a stunning, large palm widely cultivated in the tropics for its beautiful silver-blue foliage although a green leaf variety exists. Scientific Name: Bismarckia nobilis Hildebr. & Synonym(s). Medemia nobilis (Hildebr. & ) Gall. Assessment Information [top]. Red List.

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Retrieved from ” https: It’s trunk diameter is typically 18 to 24 inches. And, many died about two weeks after arrival. Bismarckia is a gorgeous and typically blue single trunk fan palm that has become very popular. The evolution and classification of palms. The duration of these minimum temperatures and planting conditions will be decisive factors affecting the subsequent degree of damage suffered by the palm extent of defoliation, strangulation of trunk, etc. Views Read Edit View history.

The genus is named for the German chancellor, Otto von Bismarckone of the few cases where botanists have named a species after a politician. If given adequate space between trees, a group of two or three specimens is very attractive. Solitary palm m tall the m mentioned in Stein, is surely an exaggeration.

They are approximately 1. Chapman Field, Florida, Photo by Dr. Note how this area is arid and dry.

They have done a spectacular job with the landscaping using many, many unusual and odd plants. Bismarckia nobilis is similar to another genus, Medemiabut the two are felt presently to be two distinct genera. This photo shows what appears to be a green leaf. Back to Palms And Cycads Encyclopedia index.


The leaf sheath splits to form a V-shape below the petiole, the petiole is smooth and sharp-edged or armed with minute teeth to 1 mm long along the margin, and the hastula is a spoon-shaped, asymmetrical flap.

Because of this, it is best to germinate seeds nobliis a deep container to give the roots enough room.

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Thre e Bismarckia nobilis, domestic garden. This is of an impressive size and a wonderful blue-grey colour. Both are blue fan palms, single trunk, and like hot dry conditions.

Salt tolerance Low indicates that the palm does not tolerate salinity. It is also grown in many parts of Indonesia and Australia.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Select the plant with the most satisfying color. All bismarvkia copyright of the artists and photographers see images for credits. Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens, Thailand. Bismarcjia one looks at pictures of Bismarckia nobilis in habitat in Madagascar, he begins to realize just how hardy this palm is and the extremes of conditions it tolerates.

Arryn J Perner cutting old leaves off Bismarkia nobilis. This palm always seems to battling some bud-related damage problems. It grows at a medium speed and looks best if given some room.

– Bismarckia nobilis(Bismark Palm)

Trunks are 30 to 45 cm in diameter, slightly bulging at the base, and free of leaf bases in all but its youngest parts.

This species would probably not be recommended as a “year round” interior plant. The Bismarck palm can adapt to either acidic or alkaline soil and prefers to be watered directly into the root system or sprayed through the palm heart. The petiole length is 6 to 8 feet on mature specimens. The Evolution and Classification of Palms. Seeds are ridged and grooved. There also seems to be less cold tolerance with the green form, a fact that is surprising. This must be the most common palm in Madagascar.


TRUNK smooth, grey-brown, cylindrical, very straight, cm in diam. Central and Western Madagascan grasslands.

However, it also grows well along the coast of such a climate- but significantly more slowly and with less intense coloration. This is, of course, up to the eye of the beholder, but seems to be a common viewpoint.

Although mentioned in the literature for many decades, this species has become much more understood over the past twenty years. Unfortunately full sun often means the most intense cold exposure in the winter. This purple color is typically seen with the blue variety and may disappear with age and size. Bismarck palms are grown throughout the tropics and subtropics under favorable microclimates. Crownshaft Sometimes at the base of the leaves, there is a marked thickening around the trunk of the palm.

Synonyms Medemia nobilis Hildebr.