Slow-growing tree, up to 3 m. Leaves 60-120 cm long, pinnate, with approx. 100 leaflets. Each leaflet 15-25 cm long and 1 cm wide. Flowers small, yellowish, on a 45 cm inflorescence. Fruit is botanically a drupe (1 cm), edible, resembling a small date.
Native to south-eastern Asia, now popular as an ornamental plant in gardens in tropical and subtropical areas. With a minimum temperature requirement of -3°C, it is grown under glass or as a houseplant in cooler areas.
Natural Medical Properties
Did you know?
The NASA Clean Air Study concluded that the “pygmy date palm” is effective at removing common household air toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.