Aiphanes aculeata Willd.

Ruffle Palm

At Calloway Gardens GA

At Calloway Gardens GA

Family: Arecaceae

Genus: Aiphanes

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 10+

Size: 25' tall and 10' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Outer edges of leaves appear ruffled. Spiny leaves and trunk. Creamy flowers and ornamental red fruit. Single trunk.


Native to Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia and Peru.

Published in Samml. Deutsch. Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1803: 251 in 1806.

Heterotypic synonym of Aiphanes horrida (Jacq.) Burret.

My Experience: 

Saw at Callaway. Spines and sharp edges so not good for moving around.

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