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Q.What Are The Growth On The Trunk Of Our Pygmy Date Palm And Should They Be Removed?

Zone Estero Florida 33928 | Jastratton added on June 3, 2024 | Answered

We’ve noticed plant like growth on the trunk of our Pygmy date palm which is unattractive. Can it be removed safely?

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Answered on June 3, 2024

This is a Polypodium fern species, likely. Turning the leaves over should reveal spore-bearing organs. They are completely harmless, and should come right off with some force.

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