Palm trees (Arecaceae):

In the olden days, palms were symbols for victory, fertility and peace.
Palms are characterized by their large compound evergreen leaves known as fronds. These leaves or fronds are always arranged at the top of an unbranched stem.
Palms are known to be plants that can inhibit almost every type of habitat within their ample range.

Scientific classification
Palms belongs to the Kingdom Plantae, order Arecales, family Arecales.


Growth
Palms grow in two different ways. These ways are:
1. Solitary
2. Clustered
Palms that exhibit solitary growth includes Washintonia and Roystonea.

Uses
A lot of products can be obtained from palms. Examples are oils, coconut products, dates, palm syrup, ivory nuts, etc....
In Ghana, palm leaves or fronds are used for thatching and for making baskets, fans, brooms etc.. 
Vinegar is sometimes made out sap of a nipa palm (also known as Nypa fruticans)
Palm wine which is common in most  African countries (especially Ghana) is derived from the sap of a palm. Palm wine is also common in countries like Philippines and India. 

Palm nuts are used to prepare palm nut soup, a very popular soup in Ghana.




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