Pygmy date palm

Phoenix cf. roebelenii (Arecaceae)

Characteristics

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.

Distribution

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

No known.

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.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species