Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis)

2014 Photo Contest Best Use of Lighting Award Photo by Valerie Kline

2014 Photo Contest
Best Use of Lighting Award
Photo by Valerie Kline

The Bismarck palm is native to the island of Madagascar which is off the east coast of Africa. It is named for the first chancellor of the German empire, Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), one of the few cases where botanists  named a species after a politician.

The Bismarck palm has fan shaped fronds each of which may have a spread of 6-9 feet. The combined effect of the multiple fronds branching out from the trunk of the tree is spectacular. The majestic appearance is further enhanced by the attractive blue-grey color.

Come see the Botanical Center's wonderful specimen. You will find it in the main Conservatory.