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Visiting the East Bay Botanic Garden in Alameda County, California
Sunday, January 16, 2011

This botanical garden specializes in plants that are native to California, and all of the climate areas are represented with specimen plants. It's an interesting place to visit, even in the middle of winter.

There's only one palm tree that is actually native to California, and that is the California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera). It's native only in the desert areas of Southern California, mainly the Colorado Desert.

Here's a baby fan palm growing at the base of the large tree in my previous picture.

The California fan palm can live for 250 years!
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Jan 19 2011 04:28 GMT will
That's a cute baby palm, Fleur, nice photo..:)
Jan 19 2011 04:40 GMT fhelsing PRO
The little baby California fan palm in my own garden is about ten years old now! I should take its picture ......

Jan 19 2011 05:57 GMT Annamaria
Beautiful little tree... will be huge one day...;-))
Jan 19 2011 08:25 GMT iyerhari
great series!
Jan 19 2011 10:12 GMT MargNZ
So tiny compared to the mother palm ... lovely find Fleur :))
Jan 19 2011 13:08 GMT will
That would be nice..:)
Jan 20 2011 00:33 GMT potterjo
The young and the old....nice contrast!
Jan 20 2011 02:44 GMT ashdad PRO
Neat little tree.