Chamaerops humilis is found in Algeria, Baleares, France, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, and Tunisia.
Native to the western Mediterranean region. There are two varieties:
It is a small clustering palm, growing to a height of 1-4 metres, rarely to 6 metres. The leaves are palmately compound, 1-1.5 m long, with 10-20 fingered leaflets 50-80 cm long arranged in a fan at the end of the heavily armed 30-70 cm petiole. In C. humilis var. humilis the leaves are green, while in C. humilis var. argentea they are strongly glaucous a silvery-blue waxy coating, similar in colour to Brahea armata leaves.