palm trees did you know
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Did you know that palm trees are monocots, the same family of plants as grasses?

Their embryos grow straight up. These are bundles of vascular strands that carry nutrients up and down the tree. It’s like a thick steel cable woven from a lot of smaller steel wires. Each strand in these vascular bundles is connected to the root system. Dicots have woody roots, and in most dicots, 80 percent of the root system is within the top two feet of soil. Monocots have fibrous roots that not only fan out to great distances but also go down deep. So all this combines to give a palm tree a very solid base in the ground and a very supple trunk that will bend in the wind without breaking.