Trachycarpus martianus

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Martius' fan palm
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Trachycarpus
Species: T. martianus
Binomial name
Trachycarpus martianus
  • Chamaerops martiana Wall. ex Mart. in N.Wallich
  • Chamaerops nepalensis Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Chamaerops khasyana Griff.
  • Chamaerops tomentosa C.Morren
  • Trachycarpus khasyanus (Griff.) H.Wendl.
  • Chamaerops griffithii Lodd. ex Verl.
  • Trachycarpus griffithii (Lodd. ex Verl.) auct.
  • Trachycarpus martianus subsp. khasyana (Griff.) M.Lorek

Trachycarpus martianus (also known as Martius' fan palm) is a species in the genus Trachycarpus from two distinct populations, one at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the Khasia Hills, Meghalaya Province, in northeast India, the other at 2,400 m (7,900 ft) in central northern Nepal. Other populations have been reported in Assam, Sikkim, Burma and southern China.[1][2] The main identifying characteristics are the regular leaf splits (to about half way), the coffee bean shaped seeds (similar looking to Trachycarpus latisectus) and the bare, as opposed to fibrous trunk. The new leaf spear and edges of the petioles are covered with a white tomentum.[3][4][5]

The species is named after the German botanist Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868).[6]