Author 'Hm.duclos' (Id 69673 ) : The palm tree has no trunk but a "stipe, a stem full of marrow, and has no branches but flippers, which according to the species may be in the form of a range (palmate leaves) a feather (pinnate leaves) or an intermediate structure between these 2 forms (leaves costapalmees). Its characteristic is the inflorescence Spadice. Plante, both primitive and highly sophisticated, it can adapt to very different climatic conditions. Sensitive to frost, palms do not exceed the 50 � latitude north or south, and prefer the many tropical lands. All civilizations of the Mediterranean have venerated. They symbolize the tree of life, fertility and success. From a botanical palm trees are not trees but "giant herbs. This does not Ceroxylon Andean possess the highest Stipes of the world (40 to 60 m!) As to the coconut Chile, it presents a stipe over 1 m in diameter!