Around 2,600 species of Palm (Arecaceae) are known, most of which are restricted to tropical and subtropical climates. They are among the best-known and most extensively cultivated plant families.
They have also been very important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms. Nowadays, palms are also widely used in landscaping. In many historical cultures, because of their importance as food, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility.
Palms thrive in humid and hot climates but can live very well in a variety of surroundings. Why not learn more about Palms in our guide on caring for your palm.