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Palms Distribution Worldwide
Palms are to be found mostly throughout tropical and subtropical regions both in the Old and New World; just a few species grow over temperate northern regions. The regions richest in Palms are Tropical America, notably Amazonia, and East Indies; the poorest are Africa and continental Asia, whereas Polynesia can boast several endemic genera. Europe, rich in Palms during the Tertiary Era, currently host two spontaneous species only, namely Phoenix theophrasti, endemic to Crete and Chamaerops humilis spread through the western Mediterranean Basin, present in Italy too as a kind of relict.