What kind of palm is this?

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Old 01-01-11, 04:34 PM
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What kind of palm is this?

We saw this plant in Fort Lauderdale Riverfront Park.

It looks like a palm, although the entire trunk of the plant was covered. Is the bottom part just this way because they did not clean the dead leaves or is this the natural look?

Here are three pictures from three angles.







Is there a thick trunk under there?
 
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Old 01-02-11, 05:47 AM
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I've never seen one quite a pretty, but it looks as some sort of Yucca plant. Probably not the edible kind, but still in that same category. The tips of the fronds will leave a nasty sore if you get jabbed with one, IIRC.
Not sure if this is close or not File:Yucca rostrata.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
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Old 01-04-11, 11:02 AM
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It is definately a palm and probably a Wa****onia. The trunk you are seeing is actually the dead frons allowed to droop rather than cutting them off. It is supposed to give the tree (actually in the grass family) better cold tollerance.
 
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Finally, someone identified it as Cuban Petticoat Palm aka Copernicia Macroglossa. Just wanted to follow up.
 
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