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Chamaerops humilis
(dwarf fan palm)



Chamaerops humilis (dwarf fan palm)


  • Last modified
  • 28 March 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Threatened Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Chamaerops humilis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • dwarf fan palm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Monocotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Chamaerops humilis L.

Preferred Common Name

  • dwarf fan palm

International Common Names

  • English: mediterranean palm; palmetto
  • Spanish: palma enana (Spain); palmito
  • French: chamérops humble; palmier éventail; palmier nain

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Zwergpalme, Niedrige
  • Italy: palma di San Pietro; palma femmina; palma nana; palma reale; palma ventaglio

EPPO code

  • CMEHU (Chamaerops humilis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Monocotyledonae
  •                     Order: Arecales
  •                         Family: Arecaceae
  •                             Genus: Chamaerops
  •                                 Species: Chamaerops humilis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasivePlantedReferenceNotes


ItalyUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
-SicilyUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
SpainUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts

Invasive Species Threats

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Sarto Monteys Vi; Aguilar L, 2005. The Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880), in Europe: comparative biology, pest status and possible control methods (Lepidoptera: Castniidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo, NF, 26(1/2):61-94.

Vassarmidaki M; Thymakis N; Kontodimas DC, 2006. First record in Greece of the palm tree pest Paysandisia archon. Entomologia Hellenica, 16:44-47.

Vassiliou VA; Michael C; Kazantzis E; Melifronidou-Pantelidou A, 2009. First report of the palm borer Paysandisia archon (Burmeister 1880) (Lepidoptera: Castniidae) in Cyprus. Phytoparasitica, 37(4):327-329.

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