Trees and shrubs that belong to the class of monocotyledons, of the orders Espacidiflora, Palmae, Arecaceae. There are over 200 genera and 3,000 species of palms in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The plant typically has a single, slender trunk, rarely branches. Depending on the species it may be more or less long, thick, robust, smooth, rough, covered in fibers or thorns. The particular nature of their trunks make palms extraordinarily flexible and resistant to strong winds. The fruit of these palms is the coconut.