Most prickly palm.

subtropixFebruary 4, 2013

What is your most prickly palm? Against my better judgement I just ordered a saribus. I had purchased one years ago from HD but they have not been available in more recent years--probably too prickly for most people in the house! It did well but I let it get too dry over winter and it died so trying it again. Robust palm but exercise caution with those spines! Also, anyone know the reason for spines among palms. It is not like their foliage gets eaten by animals. Local deer would die before munching on palm fronds!

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Mine is a toss-up between Phoenix Sylvestris and Cycas Revoluta(yeah I know, technically not a palm). Both are very painful even just bumping into them or trying to weed around them. The tips of the leaves draw blood with no problem.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Washy is the biggest prick here-note to self;don't reach into
the middle of the Washys with your knitted sweater on :o

It's like trying to rip your arm out of a sharks mouth!

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    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:04PM
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Phoenix palms have been my most painful, although my livistona decorum is definitely the most prickly (the thorns hook and can really grab onto skin tightly, phoenix palms just poke skin).

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:41PM
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Without a doubt, my most prickly is phoenix theophrasti (Cretan Date Palm).

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:47PM
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I had an Acanthophoenix for many years and it had a gazillion spines... very sharp! But aside from the palms with long, thin sharp spines, I would say it has definitely been Trithrinax campestris, though Phoenix theophrastii is close behind.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 1:36AM
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Reaching into my Mediterranean fan palms is a mistake for sure. Those little spiny teeth are awful. But they can't compare to the trunks I've seen of some palms in the rain forests of Panama, Costa Rica and Brazil! You don't want to lean up against any palm there!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:42PM
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I find my worst is Phoenix roebelenii, have given up trying to clean up the old dead fronds. Although, Livistona benthami can be like a pitbull on a chain - just don't get too close. I find that's the worst of the Livistonas I've experienced, and most Livistonas are pretty savage. Licuala spinosa is another. On the other hand Phoenicophorium borsigianum has a mass of spines but quite soft. It's all bluff.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 8:05PM
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I got a livistonia chinensis thorn in my thumb yesterday my vote goes there

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    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 9:13AM
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