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Mediterranean Fan Palm

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Called the margalló or garballó in Catalan, the Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis L.) is the only autochthonous palm tree on the Balearic Islands, and it can be found on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Called the margalló or garballó in Catalan, the Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis L.) is the only autochthonous palm tree on the Balearic Islands, and it can be found on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Since time immemorial, its palm fronds have been used to make items and receptacles.

The fan palm blossoms between April and June. It thrives in dry, open places, in rocky spots and on mountain slopes, almost always near the coast. The trunk is column-shaped and usually short, but it can reach up to several metres tall. It is a very hardy plant which is resistant to fires and can sprout again after a fire, meaning that it can be found in abundance in places that have suffered from wildfires, such as the Artà peninsula.