John Muir


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bud to consider. The young palm of this species emerges from the ground in full power, one cluster of leaves arched every way, making a sphere about ten or twelve feet in diameter. The outside lower leaves gradually become yellow and wither and break off, the pellicles snapping squarely across a few inches from the stem. New leaves develop with wonderful rapidity, standing erect at first but gradually arching outwards as they expand their blades and lengthen their petioles. Thus new leaves [are] constantly arising from the centre of the grand bud, old ones breaking from the outside. The splendid crown is kept about the same size, perhaps a little larger while yet on the ground in youth. As the development of the central axis goes on, the whole plant is gradually raised on a stem about from six to twelve inches dia, This stem is of equal thickness at top and bottom and when young is covered with the broken petioles, but as they become old the petiole stumps disappear and the trunk becomes smooth as if turned in a lathe [drawing: palms,different stages of development]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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