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Jubaea chilensis (Mall.) Baill. (Photo E. Imbellone)
Palms, defined by Linnaeus "Principes plantarum" on account of their imposing habit and thick leaf crown, are one of the largest monocotyledonous Angiosperm families in that they include about 2,500 species, grouped in 215 genera. They can also be calledArecaceae, according to a convention of scientific nomenclature whereby family names are to be taken from the most representative genus (in this case the genus Areca).