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Young palm tree growing in a sandy region. Palm trees (family Arecaceae) vary greatly in size and growth rate. Most are found in the tropics, in habitats varying from rainforests to deserts and beaches. They can reach heights of many metres. Palm trees are used by humans as a source for items such as food, oil, fibre and building materials.
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