Palms are iconic to Los Angeles, yet few were here before they were planted throughout the city in the 1930’s. California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) is the only species native to our state and it’s found in desert oases of southeast California. Our Garden holds some of the ~2,600 species of in the palm family, Arecaceae. A few highlights include the swollen trunked Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis) and the Spiny fiber palm (Trithrinax acanthocoma). Walk towards the Stream to find a diverse collection of Chamaedorea palms. These tropical American palms thrive in moist, shady conditions.


Las palmas son icónicas de Los Ángeles. Sin embargo, pocas se encontraban aquí antes de que fueran plantadas a lo largo de la ciudad en la década de 1930. La palma de abanico de California (Washingtonia filifera) es la única especie nativa de nuestro estado y se encuentra en los oasis desérticos del sureste de California. Nuestro Jardín es el hogar de alrededor de ~2600 especies de la familia de las palmas, Arecaceae. Algunas de las especies más destacadas son la palma chilena de tronco hinchado (Jubaea chilensis) y la palma de fibra espinosa (Trithrinax acanthocoma). Camina hacia el arroyo para encontrar una diversa colección de palmas Chamaedorea. Estas palmas tropicales americanas prosperan en condiciones húmedas y de sombra.

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Palms are well known in popular culture as the backdrop of deserted islands and glamorous warm climate cities. They are found throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical regions, with a majority of species being found in moist forests, but extending into Mediterranean and desert landscapes as well. Los Angeles is home to many ornamental palm species, some of which can be seen here. Our Palms collection is planted upon a sloping hill in the center of the Garden. Over 30 species can be seen from many parts of the world.


The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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